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Police Investigate Possible Suicide at Conowingo Dam

A disabled vehicle drew first responders to Route 1 by the dam Wednesday night, according to Maryland State Police.

UPDATED (9:20 p.m.)—Maryland State Police continue to investigate an incident that closed the Conowingo Dam to traffic for two hours Wednesday night.

At 6:44 p.m. on Jan. 2, a driver called police to report a disabled vehicle, according to Corporal Raymond Lynn of the Maryland State Police North East Barrack.

Police arrived to find a passenger vehicle; the driver was not found, Lynn said.

“We’re investigating it as a possible suicide,” Lynn said. 

Police closed Route 1 at Route 222 for more than two hours to conduct a search and rescue operation.

First responders from Rising Sun, Port Deposit and the Susquehanna Hose Company assisted with the investigation.

The Department of Natural ResourcesExelon and Delaware State Police Aviation also participated in the search, Lynn said.

Crews cleared the scene at approximately 9:15 p.m. and were unable to locate anyone, according to Chief Scott Hurst of the Susquehanna Hose Company. 

Maryland State Police opened the road shortly after that but police continue to search for information. Said Lynn: “We’re still conducting an investigation.”

Anyone with information should call the North East Barrack at 410-996-7800.

The original article, published at 9:04 p.m., is below.

Drivers should consider alternate routes if traveling on U.S. Route 1 Wednesday night near the Conowingo Dam.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, as of 8:50 p.m., Route 1 is completely shut down past MD Route 222 in Cecil County.

The Cecil Whig is reporting that the road is closed while police are investigating a possible suicide at the dam.

Alternate routes to cross the Susquehanna River are the Tydings (Interstate 95) and Hatem (U.S. Route 40) memorial bridges.

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Jill January 03, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Thank you company 9 and all other fire and Ems that were on the call tonight!
Dadof2 January 03, 2013 at 06:50 PM
While I wouldn't expect Patch to post (nor the authorities to immediately release) the name of the owner of the disabled vehicle found at the scene, I would have expected the Maryland State Police to state whether or not the listed owner has been located. Regardless, I hope all involved in this matter are found to be well.
Elizabeth Janney January 04, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Police said the vehicle was registered to a couple in Havre de Grace. Here is our latest article on the incident: http://havredegrace.patch.com/articles/suicide-investigation-at-conowingo-dam-involves-havre-de-grace-man-jan-3-2013

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