Body of man who drowned in creek is found


A passer-by discovered yesterday the body of a 27-year-old Linthicum man who drowned in Rock Creek a week ago, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

The body of James Robert Smith of the 600 block of Fairmount Road, who jumped or fell from a 23-foot powerboat the morning of Oct. 10, was found about 9 a.m., Cpl. Wayne Jones said.

The body was about 100 feet offshore, near the 1500 block o Efford Road.

The drowning is considering suspicious, and police are investigating, he said.

Mr. Smith was on the boat with four people he had met in a bar, police said.

About 3 a.m., he ended up in the water near the Maryland Yacht Club. At least two people on the boat said they went into the water after him, police said.

Police and rescue workers searched that morning using boats and helicopters but were hampered by strong winds that made the water choppy and by lack of details from witnesses, who were not sure of the precise location of the incident. Police continued to search last week, Corporal Jones said yesterday.

An autopsy is to be performed today , he said.

Man beaten, robbed of wallet and pager

A Pasadena man was beaten and robbed of his wallet and pager by three men as he walked past an Exxon station in the 4400 block of Mountain Road just after midnight yesterday.

County polices said the 19-year-old victim was attacked by three men who beat him after getting out of a black Toyota pickup truck at the Lake Shore Exxon station in Pasadena.

The men struck and kicked the victim about the head and upper body before stealing his wallet, which contained an undisclosed amount of money, and a pager, police said.

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