Swimmer goes missing in Patapsco Valley State Park

Search crews with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are scheduled to return to the Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park this morning to resume a search for a swimmer who went missing Sunday night, according to a DNR spokesman.

The swimmer was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and as of 11:30 p.m., Howard County fire and rescue officials announced they were unable to find him and called off the search.

Fire spokesman Marc Fisher said the swimmer is a Hispanic male but did not immediately provide an age. The investigation has been turned over to Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.

Sgt. Brian Albert, a DNR spokesman, said the search will resume at 9 a.m. Monday.

Fisher said the swimmer went through one of the chutes of the historic hydroelectric dam and had not been seen since.

The Department of Natural Resources, which owns the dam, has targeted it for potential demolition, saying it is a human safety hazard and its removal could be a boon to wildlife. DNR officials said last year that several people have died at the dam in the past two decades.



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