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Date: Sep 15, 2015

Original post (September 15  9:53 p.m.):

Police are investigating after skeletal remains were found in Essex.

Just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday police were called to the area of Route 702 and Eastern Boulevard in Essex precinct when a pedestrian discovered the decomposed skeletal remains of a human in a nearby wooded area.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene for further investigation. The remains will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification purposes and to determine the cause and manner of death.

This incident will remain under investigation by the Baltimore County Homicide Unit.

UPDATE (September 15, 2015  3:34 p.m.):

DNA technology has helped Baltimore County Police identify a body found floating in Back River more than two years ago.

Just before 1 p.m. on September 8, 2011, the unclothed body of an adult male was found floating in the Back River under the I-695 bridge. There were no signs of foul play and no indication as to who the man was.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit conducted a thorough investigation into the case which included checking missing persons reports in Baltimore County and Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Police Department provided assistance with information on their cases. The initial investigation did not verify the man’s identity.

Detectives never gave up on this case and were able to obtain a possible identity of the man. DNA test results were received from the University of North Texas earlier this month that gave them the answer they were looking for.

The body has been identified as that of William H. Bagley (79) of the 1800 block of Woodbourne Avenue 21239 in Baltimore City. He had mental challenges and was reported missing from his home on August 22, 2011.

UPDATE (October 22, 2012):

On September 8, 2011 at 12:30 p.m., officers responded to the Back River under the Interstate 695 Bridge for a report of a body in the water. A witness told officers that the body had not been there early in the day. There were no signs of foul play, and the body had been in the water for a significant period of time. 

Despite a year of investigation, detectives have not been able to identify the victim through the autopsy, DNA, or fingerprints. The cause of death remains undetermined.

A Baltimore County Police Department forensic artist has completed a skull reconstruction in an attempt to determine what the victim may look like. Forensic artists attempt to recreate the features as closely as possible, but some features of the victim may look slightly different. Police are releasing the photographs to the public in the hope that we can identify the victim and notify his next of kin. 

The victim is a white male, 40 to 60 years old. Detectives believe that he may be from the Dundalk area.  

Anyone with information about the identity of the victim is asked to contact the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020.

Sketches of Forensic Reconstruction (2012)

Original release (September 12, 2011):

On September 8 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded for a call of a body floating in the Back River near Exit 38 of the Baltimore Beltway. 

The Marine Unit recovered the body from the water, and the victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. 

Preliminary autopsy results showed that the victim is a white male, 40 years old or older, approximately 5’11” tall, and 155 pounds. The victim had no scars, marks or tattoos that would aid in identification.  The victim had no teeth on his upper jaw, and may have worn dentures. There were no signs of injury to the victim. 

Detectives believe that the victim may be from the area where he was found. The victim’s description does not match anyone who has been reported missing. 

Police are asking the public to check on friends, relatives and neighbors who match the above description and to contact the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 with any information that may help detectives identify the victim. 

Revised October 16, 2020               
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