During yesterday’s Good Neighbor Day community cleanup, students found a dead body near the Lake Artemisia.

As part of the Good Neighbor Day event, I was at the College Park community center working with a group of volunteers packing foods for the College Park Food Bank. At this time our City staff came and told me about the tragic incident. A few minutes later, I got a call from the PG County police liaison officer about the same incident. Later in the afternoon, we came to know about the incident from the Diamondback paper.

You can find more about the incident here on the Diamondback, and the Washington Post.

Here is what we know so far

  • The discovery was made near Indian Creek, and the Lake Artemesia parking area at Berwyn Road and 55th Avenue
  • Student volunteers who discovered the body are receiving professional counseling service
  • The body of the victim was scheduled to be transported to Baltimore for examination.
  • The Maryland-National Capital Park police and the PG County police have been jointly investigating the incident
  • Cause of the death is still unknown. Homicide has not been ruled out.
  • Individuals with more information are encouraged to contact police at 301-352-1200.

UPDATE [4/3/2017] : Police has found that the dead was a retired UMD professor. Please see here: about more: http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Body-Found-in-Maryland-Lake-Is-Retired-UMd-Professor-Police-Say-417972843.html

[Police near the place where the dead body was found. Source: The Diamondback]