THE DISTRICT
Man's body found floating in Tidal Basin

A man’s body was found Saturday in the Tidal Basin, D.C. police said.

Police said they received a call shortly after 2 p.m. that someone appeared to be floating in the water. By 3 p.m., as crowds flocked to the Tidal Basin to see the not-yet-peaking cherry blossoms, police had recovered the body.

Neither a cause of death nor the man’s identity have been released. It wasn’t clear how long the man had been in the water, police said.

— Terence McCoy

MARYLAND
Attempted murder-suicide leaves man dead

State police say an Eastern Shore man is dead after apparently shooting himself and his estranged ex-wife in an attempted murder-suicide.

The victim was on the phone with her sister when the incident occurred Saturday morning in Somerset County. The sister called 911.

Police say 57-year-old Gary Preston of Delmar, Md., drove to the victim’s location at a home in Crisfield. When officers responded, they found a woman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and found Preston dead at the scene, also with an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

The victim, 44-year-old Susan Preston, is being treated at a Baltimore hospital. The police statement did not provide her condition.

Police say the motive isn’t immediately clear, and an investigation is ongoing.

— Associated Press

Police probe murder in Prince George's

Prince George’s County police said Saturday they were investigating a homicide in the 1400 block of University Boulevard in Langley Park.

Police said shortly before 3 p.m. they were called to make a welfare check at a location there. In the woods adjacent to a nearby shopping center, they found a man with “trauma” to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police declined to say how long the man had been there, or if he had been identified. They asked that anyone with information on the case call 1-866-411-TIPS.

— Michael E. Ruane