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NRP Recovers Body Of Missing Boater

Annapolis, Maryland (August 17, 2011) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) recovered the body of a missing boater from Tenthouse Creek at 7:30 a.m. today. The boater was identified as Dean Dixon, 52 from Harwood, Md. NRP was searching for Dixon after his unoccupied vessel was found on shore in Penthouse Creek, in the area of the 4700 block of Bayfield Road, Galesville, Md.

On August 16 at 3 p.m., NRP received a call about an unoccupied vessel and immediately began a search by air and water for the missing boater. Units from the Coast Guard, Anne Arundel County Fire Department and their aviation unit assisted in the search. Dixon last spoke to his family by cell phone at 11:00 a.m. while he was crabbing.

Dixon’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. NRP’s Special Operations Unit will continue to investigate the incident.

   August 17, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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