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Search continues for man reported missing around Conowingo Dam

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Divers and rescue personnel searched in the waters around Conowingo Dam Wednesday night for a 56-year-old Havre de Grace man who was reported missing and may have jumped from the dam, Maryland State Police said.

As of Thursday afternoon, however, there was no confirmation that anyone had jumped from the dam, nor had anything been found.

Around 7:20 p.m Wednesday, 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.

Thursday 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 actually seen anyone jump from the dam, which is in excess of 100 feet high.

"As of right now, it's just a missing person report," Sexton said. "Witnesses saw the vehicle on the dam with the flashers on."

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

The vehicle was registered to a husband and wife in Havre de Grace. 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.

Sexton said the dive team was called off around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday but would be going down again Thursday morning with the Department of Natural Resources, not to dive but for surveillance.

Sexton did not have the person's name or any other information, except that he is from Havre de Grace, but Sexton said the man's family knows he is missing and his wife reported it.

Cecil County Emergency Operations Center, Natural Resources Police and the North East Barrack Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene, and members of the Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company swiftwater rescue team and Delaware State Police also assisted with a search until night fell.

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

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