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Body found below Conowingo Dam identified as missing Havre de Grace man

Maryland State PoliceSuicide

The body of a Harford County man who had been missing since early last month was recovered Tuesday from the Susquehanna River below Conowingo Dam, Maryland State Police said.

The man has been identified as Scott R. Hammer, 57, of Havre de Grace. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, according to a news release from State Police.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were contacted by workers at Conowingo Dam, who reported seeing a body lying on a rock in the river after the water level was lowered, State Police said.

Because of the inability to reach the location either by boat or across the rocks on foot, a Maryland State Police helicopter was requested to respond.

The State Police helicopter crew lowered two flight paramedics with a rescue basket down to the body. The body was placed in the rescue basket and hoisted from the river, according to the news release.

Mr. Hammer was identified by investigators through his driver's license and the clothes he was wearing. His family was notified by State Police investigators.

On the evening of Jan. 2, State Police from the North East Barrack responded to the report of a possible disabled vehicle stopped in the roadway on Route 1, where it goes across the Conowingo Dam, just south of Route 222 on the Cecil County side of the river. Troopers found no one around the car, which was running and had its flashers on. Monitored Harford County emergency radio broadcasts that night advised rescue personnel who responded to the scene that a suicide note had been found inside the vehicle, according to previous published reports.

The vehicle was registered to Mr. Hammer and his wife. When troopers contacted the Havre de Grace Police Department, they learned Mr. Hammer had been reported missing by his wife. A note was found at his home indicating he may have been contemplating suicide, Tuesday's State Police news release noted.

Previously, State Police and Havre de Grace Police had declined to confirm that Mr. Hammer's disappearance and the reports that someone had jumped for the same were one and the same, although a State Police spokesman said last month there was a "clear indication" someone had jumped from the structure, whose roadway portion is more than 100 feet above the river.

The news release noted that multiple searches of the river had been conducted, but the victim's body had not been seen until Tuesday.

Mr. Hammer lived in the 300 block of Bourbon Street in Havre de Grace and helped run CODA Records music shop in Bel Air, according to previous published reports.

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