Man Found Dead in Storm Drain Near Westminster Shopping Center

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A man was found dead late Thursday morning in a storm drain near a Westminster shopping center.

Maryland State Police say 54-year-old Robert L. Hawk, of Sykesville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just before 11 a.m., police responded to the 500 block of Baltimore Boulevard when a local business owner was mowing his lawn and saw Hawk’s body in a storm drain between businesses along Route 140.

Police say no obvious signs of trauma were found on his body. Investigation revealed he crawled about four feet into a drainage pipe, possibly to lie down.

There was no indication he was trapped in the pipe, and a shirt was found folded beside him, police say.

Investigators say they learned a man fitting Hawk’s description was seen walking “unsteadily” around a nearby shopping center parking lot the morning before. Troopers gave him a “no trespassing” order Tuesday.

Police say his vehicle was found in the shopping center parking lot with nothing found inside or outside of it indicating foul play.

Hawk’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The investigation is ongoing.

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