58-year-old Hanover man found dead in Maryland state park

A body found in South Mountain State Park in Washington County has been identified as a 58-year-old Hanover man, police said on Wednesday.

Maryland Natural Resources Police identified the man as Michael Joseph Mack, and said he was found below Black Rock overlook in the park. The circumstances of the man’s death are not yet clear, said police spokeswoman Candy Thomson. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office.

Two climbers discovered the body Monday, Thomson said. She said the body was located in “incredibly bad terrain,” which made the recovery difficult.

To get to the area, rescuers had to take a 15-minute ATV ride, hike for an hour and then traverse a 45-degree slope for about 150 yards, Thomson said.

The Natural Resource Police tactical team strung safety lines and stayed with the body overnight Monday. It took the team about six hours to bring the body down from the cliff Tuesday because of the difficult conditions.

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