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The death of a 51-year-old Harford County man, whose body was found along a highway in Cecil County near Conowingo Dam early Friday, was the result of a hit and run with a motor vehicle, Maryland State Police said Tuesday.

The body of Mark T. Grubbs, of the 400 block of Wheeler School Road in Pylesville, was found along Route 1 after Maryland State Police received a call around 2:40 a.m. Friday that a body was lying in the roadway.

Grubbs was pronounced dead at the scene emergency medical personnel after attempts by troopers from the North East Barrack to resuscitate him were unsuccessful, according to an initial State Police news release issued Friday.

Troopers at first believed that Grubbs was involved in a motor vehicle collision, State Police said. Upon further investigation, however, Grubbs' injuries led investigators to believe his death may not have resulted from a motor vehicle crash.

Troopers summoned Maryland State Police crime scene technicians and investigators from the State Police Homicide Unit, State Police said. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

On Saturday afternoon, State Police said in a follow-up release that the manner and cause of death still had not been determined, but they were focusing their attention on Grubbs' final hours, including time they believe he spent at a bar near where his body was found.

"Several investigative leads were looked into establishing that the deceased was Sweeny's Bar located in the 100-block of Conowingo Road, Conowingo, Md., prior to his death," Saturday's follow-up news release states. "Investigators are conducting interviews with anyone that may have been at the bar on July 5."

On Tuesday afternoon, State Police issued another news release saying that following the completion of the autopsy and through information developed during the continuing investigation, "it has been determined the injuries sustained by [Grubbs] are consistent with being struck by a vehicle."

The latest release also said investigators believe Grubbs was hit in the area of Sweeny's Bar.

"Troopers are still investigating to determine what exactly occurred," the release continued. "Investigators currently do not have any description of a vehicle or vehicles involved in the hit and run. Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have been in the area of Sweeny's Bar that night."

State Police also noted the road is known to be well traveled and asked anyone with information is to contact Senior Trooper Jeremy Vogt at 410-996-7800. Callers may remain confidential.

Vogt, of the North East Barrack, said Tuesday he did not have additional information about the case that he could discuss.

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