Local digest: Body pulled from car in the Potomac River

August 24
THE Region
Body pulled from car in the Potomac River

The northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway were closed for several hours Sunday near the Humpback Bridge and Interstate 395 while divers recovered a body from a vehicle that went into the Potomac River, the D.C. Harbor Patrol said.

Lt. Paul Niepling said authorities received a call from the operator of a D.C. Duck Tours boat close to noon Sunday, saying a car was submerged and that he could see the silhouette of a person in the driver’s seat. Divers recovered a body about 1:30 p.m. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from the U.S. Park police, the D.C. police underwater rescue and recover unit, the Coast Guard and the D.C. Fire Department were on the scene Sunday afternoon.

Niepling said it appears the vehicle was traveling north when it left the road, crossed the grass and went into the Potomac. It was not known how long the vehicle had been in the water. Niepling said that police had not identified any witnesses.

Niepling said had it not been for the tour operator, it is unlikely authorities would have found the car. The D.C. medical examiner was on the scene, and divers were assisting in the investigation, he said.

— T. Rees Shapiro

MARYLAND
County police find two bags with body parts

Prince George’s County police are investigating a suspected homicide Sunday after finding body parts in two bags in Laurel.

The body of the unidentified man was discovered in the 8800 block of Enfield Court on Sunday morning. Police received a call at 9:20 a.m. reporting body parts in a bag at the Arden Road Apartments, said police spokeswoman Nicole Hubbard.

Police later found another bag containing body parts. Hubbard said investigators believe that the remains belong to a male and that the contents of both bags are from the same person. She said it’s too early to determine suspects or a motive.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

— Wesley Robinson

Police identify victim of fatal shooting

Police have identified a Southeast D.C. man as the victim of a homicide that occurred late Saturday night in Oxon Hill.

Prince George’s County police responded to a call about a shooting at 11:50 p.m. Saturday in the 5000 block Glassmanor Drive. The shooting victim, Kenneth Antwan Jones, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police do not believe the shooting was random but declined to comment further.

Anyone with information is asked to call 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

— Wesley Robinson

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