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Investigation continues into death at Aberdeen Proving Ground's super pond

U.S. ArmyAberdeen Proving Ground

U.S. Army officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground are continuing to investigate the death of a person whose body was recovered from an large ordnance testing pond at the Harford County military installation.

Rescue workers with the APG Fire Department, assisted by volunteers with the Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace and the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department, recovered the body from the Army post's UNDEX Test Facility, better known as the "super pond."

The UTF is a 1,070-foot-long, 150-foot-deep pond carved out of the bank of the Bush River during the early 1990s, designed for "shock testing" of naval surface vessels as well as submarine systems and munitions, according to literature provided by the Army's Test and Evaluation Command, or AETC, which oversees the Aberdeen Test Center at APG and the super pond.

The name of the victim had still not been released as of late Thursday morning.

Robin Boggs, public affairs officer with the ATEC, said the Army cannot publicly release any personal information about a deceased person until 24 to 48 hours after the next of kin have been notified.

"It's a protocol that we put in place in order not to divulge any information other than there was a body recovered today," Boggs said Wednesday.

The U.S. Army Garrison's Office of Public Affairs announced Wednesday evening that the incident had taken place around 2:30 p.m., also confirming that a death had occurred and the body had been recovered.

Earlier in the day, monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcasts had reported a "missing diver at the super pond."

Check back with http://www.exploreharford.com for updates.

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