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Police still searching for man suspected of jumping off Conowingo Dam

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Police and rescue personnel were continuing the search this week for a man they suspect jumped off the Conowingo Dam last week.

The state's Natural Resources Police are continuing to check the waters of the Susquehanna River daily for any sign of the 57-year-old Havre de Grace man, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Havre de Grace Police announced Tuesday they are looking for Scott Robert Hammer, of the 300 block of Bourbon Street, who was reported missing at 6 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Neither State Police nor Havre de Grace police would confirm that the disappearance of Scott Hammer is linked with the man who allegedly jumped off the dam, however, and Shipley said it is unknown who may have jumped from the dam.

Hammer is described as being about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds.

"There was no indication where Mr. Hammer would be and family members did not know where Mr. Hammer could have gone," Havre de Grace Ofc. Jeff Gilpin wrote in an e-mail. "Anyone with information regarding Mr. Hammer's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Havre de Grace Police Department at 410-939-2121."

Hammer helped run CODA Records music shop in Bel Air, and friends are sponsoring a benefit show, called Hammerfest, in is memory and for his family on Feb. 2, according to the record store's Facebook page.

Police do believe the man missing at the dam did jump.

"There is clear indication that someone went off the wall of the dam," Shipley said.

"Our search is continuing," Shipley continued. "We have not located anyone in the waters there."

Around 7:20 p.m on Jan. 2, a dive team and other rescue personnel were dispatched to the dam for a report of a possible suicide

A monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcast advised rescue personnel that an abandoned vehicle, with a suicide note inside, had been found near the dam.

Rescue personnel called from both Harford and Cecil counties were instructed to meet in the "fisherman's wharf" area.

The next morning, Cpl. Todd Sexton, of the State Police North East Barrack, said the situation was being treated as a missing person and that no one had seen anyone jump from the dam, which is more than 100 feet high.

When a trooper arrived, he found the vehicle unoccupied, with the hazard lights flashing and the engine running, according to a Maryland State Police media release.

State Police initially said the vehicle was registered to a husband and wife in Havre de Grace and that a Havre de Grace police officer was reportedly already at the home taking a missing person report from the wife, who said her husband was suicidal and had left a suicide note at their home.

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