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The Latest: Man's death in forest becomes homicide probe

Posted January 4

— The Latest on a man found dead in a Maryland state forest (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

State police say homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the forested mountains of western Maryland.

Spokesman Greg Shipley said Wednesday that the body was found on a logging road near Barton, about 140 miles from Baltimore. Shipley says there were signs of trauma on the body.

He says police are still trying to confirm the man's identity. Shipley says the state medical examiner's office will determine the cause and manner of death.

Maryland Natural Resources Police say a state police helicopter crew found the man's body Wednesday morning shortly after a woman with whom he had been seen the previous evening walked out of the woods, suffering from hypothermia.

Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says both were in their early 20s.

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2:30 p.m.

State police say they're investigating the death of a man whose remains were found the morning after he and a woman were seen near a western Maryland hiking trail. She walked out, suffering from hypothermia.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says state police took over after investigators determined the body was on private property adjacent to the Savage River State Forest, 140 miles from Baltimore.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley says he has no details yet.

Thomson says a friend saw the pair Tuesday night near a trailhead. Thomson says the pair, both in their early 20s, had driven to the area separately.

Thomson says someone reported them missing after midnight. She says the woman walked out shortly before 9 a.m., and the body was found shortly thereafter.

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12:30 p.m.

Police say a man found dead in a western Maryland state forest had driven there separately from a woman who is being treated for hypothermia after apparently spending a night in the woods.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said Wednesday their cars were found parked near Barton, about 130 miles west of Baltimore, near the eastern edge of the Savage River State Forest.

Thomson says the pair, both in their early 20s, were seen alive near a trailhead by a friend around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Thomson says her agency responded at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday to a local 911 call reporting the pair missing.

Thomson says the woman walked to a home shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday. A state police helicopter found the man's body a short while later.

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Maryland Natural Resources Police say a man has been found dead and a woman is being treated for hypothermia after both were reported missing in a western Maryland state forest.

Spokeswoman Candy Thomson told the Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/2iPyqnA ) that the man's body was spotted Wednesday morning by searchers in a state police helicopter.

She says the woman walked out of the Savage River State Forest near Barton earlier Wednesday.

Thomson says the search began at 2:15 a.m. after someone reported that the two had driven to the forest and had not been seen since 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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