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Body of Abingdon man who had been fatally stabbed is recovered from Susquehanna

Divers, rescue workers and police were on the scene at the Susquehanna River Monday morning searching for a missing Abingdon man. (Matt Button/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)

The body of an Abingdon man who had been reported missing Sunday evening "under suspicious circumstances" was pulled from the Susquehanna River Monday morning, and police say he had been stabbed to death.

The body of Edward W. Hayden III, 28, of the 300 block of Forsythia Court in Abingdon, was pulled from the river off Susquehanna State Park north of Havre de Grace at about 9 a.m. Monday, and he had been stabbed multiple times, according to Cristie Kahler of the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Two men, including one who lived with Mr. Hayden, have been charged in connection with his death, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

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Mr. Hayden's girlfriend reported him missing around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, and the Sheriff's Office said the man went missing "under suspicious circumstances" and that deputies were questioning "two adult males and an adult female in relation to the disappearance."

"When she arrived at the residence, her boyfriend was not home and she was concerned something may have happened to him," Kahler explained. "When patrol deputies arrived, information gathered at the scene indicated that an incident may have occurred.Patrol requested detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division to respond and continue the investigation."

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Sean Thomas Turkot, 28, also of Forsythia Court, and Alexander William Smoot, 29, of the 1800 block of Petula Court in Forest Hill, are charged in Mr. Hayden's murder. Both men are charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, according to the Maryland Judicial Information System's online records.

When deputies responded to Mr. Hayden's home Sunday evening, detectives developed information implicating Turkot and Smoot in Mr. Hayden's death, according to the Sheriff's Office. They also gathered information that "led detectives to believe the body had been disposed of at Susquehanna State Park," Kahler said.

She said Mr. Hayden was killed at his home.

Around 3:30 a.m., divers and rescue personnel from the Level Volunteer Fire Co. and sheriff's deputies converged on the Rock Run Mill and Lapidum Landing areas of Susquehanna State Park.

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Mr. Hayden's body was recovered around 10:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

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