Police: Body found in Pr. George’s identified as Alexandria activist

January 29, 2012

The body found last week in a well in Prince George’s County was identified Sunday as that of Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, 53, an Alexandria community activist who disappeared last year, Prince George’s police said.

The county police spokeswoman said an autopsy showed that Harris’s death was a homicide. There was no immediate information about the circumstances of Harris’s death, a motive or a suspect. Police said a news conference would be held Monday.

City Council member Alicia Hughes (I) said Alexandria “grieves the death” of Harris, who often championed causes of the deprived. Although he sometimes expressed unpopular views, she said, everyone “recognized him as an integral part of our community who had an unforgettable voice.”

Harris, a fixture at Alexandria community meetings and a spokesman for the underprivileged, disappeared Sept. 21, and authorities said shortly afterward that they suspected foul play.
An image was released of a man using Harris’s bank card in Alexandria hours after Harris was last seen. Police found Harris’s cellphone discarded on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Searches were done, leaflets distributed and a reward was posted.


Lenwood "Lenny" Harris (Courtesy of Jason Felder)

The body was found just after noon Thursday in a well in the 11900 block of Old Fort Road in the Fort Washington area. Police said they went there after receiving an anonymous telephone tip.

The body was removed from the well Saturday afternoon and taken for an autopsy. Conditions at the scene made removal of the body difficult, officials said.

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