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Maryland State Police Investigate after Man’s Body Is Recovered at Savage River Dam

May 14th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Police are investigating after a man’s body was found Monday in the water of the Savage River Dam in Garrett County.  

The victim is identified as Dallas Ray Bittinger, 53, of Swanton, Maryland. He was transported to Potomac Valley Hospital in West Virginia where he was pronounced deceased.  According to a preliminary investigation, there are no signs of foul play.  The victim’s body was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, West Virginia for autopsy.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, troopers from the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack responded to a call from the Maryland Natural Resources Police Department on a report of a body recovered from the Savage River Dam.  Troopers along with investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Western Region, responded to the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates that sometime before noon yesterday Bittinger was reported missing from his work site.  Garrett County emergency personnel responded along with Natural Resources Police Department officers who subsequently located the victim in the river above the dam.

Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomington Fire Department, Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department, Deep Creek Fire Department, Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department and Potomac Fire Department, all from Maryland, along with Fountain Fire Department and Tri-Town Ambulance and Fire Department both of West Virginia, assisted in the search effort.

The investigation continues. 

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