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Date: Apr 29, 2019

Police have confirmed the identity of a deceased man found along a walking trail in the Woodstock area of Patapsco Valley State Park last Thursday afternoon.

The man, identified as Darius Bernard Singleton (27) of the 3400 block of Courtleigh Drive, 21244, was found around 3:45 p.m. on April 25 when a couple walking along the trail came across the unconscious man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to the body and police are now awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause and manner of Mr. Singleton's death.

The case continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information can contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Monkton area during a storm that swept through Maryland Friday afternoon.

A NWS storm survey confirmed that the tornado began at 3:19 p.m. on Corbett Road between Monkton Farms Drive and Falls Road, and ended at 3:23 p.m. near the intersection of  Shepperd Road and MD 562/138 Troyer Road. 

The storm damage occurred along a path 100 to 150 yards wide. The damage was limited mainly to several dozen softwood trees, several of which broke and fell as a result of the winds. Numerous large limbs were scattered throughout the affected area.

No injuries were reported.

Based on the observed damage, NWS estimates maximum wind speeds of 90 mph. (EF-1 tornadoes involve wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.) Wind speeds higher than 90 mph will cause damage to sturdy structures, including loss of shingles or siding; such damage was not observed along the path of this tornado.

Tornadoes are ranked according to the "Enhanced Fujita Scale," with EF-0 the weakest (65 to 85 mph winds) and EF-5 the most violent (more than 200 mph). 

Local Emergency Management officials remind Baltimore County residents that severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and/or damaging straight-line winds occur here occasionally and require everyone to understand tornado terminology.

A "watch" means conditions are right for tornado formation; a "warning" means rotation has been spotted on radar or a tornado has been sighted.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides helpful information about what to do when tornadoes threaten

Revised June 27, 2017