Body of Missing Bel Air Business Owner Found at Conowingo Dam

Police said the man was identified as Scott Hammer, founder of Bel Air's CODA Records, by his driver's license and clothing.

Nearly two months after Scott Hammer's wife reported him missing and a vehicle registered to them was abandoned near the Conowingo Dam, police said his body was found in the Susquehanna River.

Hammer, 57, lived on the 300 block of Bourbon Street in Havre de Grace and owned a business on Main Street in Bel Air.

Maryland State Police said that just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, workers at the Conowingo Dam reported seeing a body on a rock when the water level subsided.

Since the area was not accessible by foot or by boat, a Maryland State Police helicopter flew in and lowered two flight paramedics with a rescue basket down to the body, according to police.

The body was placed in the rescue basket and hoisted from the river, state police said. It has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.

Authorities said they identified Scott Hammer by his driver’s license and clothing.

Hammer was reported missing on Jan. 2, the same day that a Mazda registered to him and his wife was discovered by the Conowingo Dam on Route 1 with its emergency flashers on and the engine running.

Troopers from the North East Barrack contacted Havre de Grace police, who said they visited the Hammers' home that day, where the wife reported her husband missing.

The Susquehanna Hose Company and other teams participated in a search of the area near the Conowingo Dam that evening but did not find anything.

Natural Resources Police conducted daily searches of the area in the weeks following the Jan. 2 incident.

In mid-January, the lead investigator in the case told the Cecil Whig that state troopers were also checking the area near the Conowingo Dam during daylight hours but were not doing more extensive searches because the death was ruled suicide.

Hammer was the founder of CODA Records, located at 100 S. Main Street in Bel Air.

A makeshift memorial was erected outside the Bel Air business in the days following his disappearance. Those who cared for Hammer put up balloons, pictures and messages of love to honor his life.

In early February, The Dagger reported that a memorial concert was held in tribute to Hammer in Abingdon.

“Scott is almost single-handedly the reason there is a thriving music scene in Harford County today," one drummer told the City Paper before the event.

The business has shared top record picks with Patch in the past.

See Related:

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  • Conowingo Dam Investigation Involves Havre de Grace Man
  • Police: Search for Missing Havre de Grace Man Continues
  • shari b February 27, 2013 at 09:52 PM
    Why did they call it suicide? Why would u leave door open and lights flashing for a suicide? Why would u care to warn others with flashing lights? Too many unanswered questions.
    Murph February 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM
    ^ lol shut up...
    Jill Bracewell February 28, 2013 at 01:59 AM
    Have you not read other reports of bridge jumpers? Most leave the car running...maybe they are hoping one last person will catch them before they go...and it leaves a trail to the remains...
    Take Responsibility! February 28, 2013 at 12:54 PM
    LOL, that tin foil hat looks wonderful on you. He killed himself. Enough said you silly goose.
    Becky February 28, 2013 at 01:17 PM
    When his wife reported him missing, she told the police that he was suicidal. He also left a suicide note. He probably left his lights flashing so he wouldn't cause an accident. Just because a person wants to kill himself, doesn't mean that he wants to hurt anybody else.
    Donald Gullion January 07, 2014 at 04:50 PM
    I know this post is a year late but I was on the dam that night behind his car with the hazards on.. I can't help but think a minute earlier I might have been able to do something..


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