DENTON The body of a man found Sunday morning in the water at Choptank River Yacht Club in Denton is at the state medical examiner's office awaiting a cause of death, police said Sunday night.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police found the body at about 11:30 a.m., and contacted Maryland State Police about an hour later. DNR alerts MSP when a death is considered suspicious or unattended.

Police continued investigating at the scene early Sunday night, and had tentatively identified the man, described as a black man, about 70 years old, who lived in the Denton area. At press time, police had not alerted the man's family and did not provide his identity.

The man's identity will likely become available today, with his cause of death pending autopsy results from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

Also this weekend, a search continued into Sunday after a West Chester, Pa., man went missing Saturday afternoon in the Sassafras River near Kennedyville. NRP searched the area near Ordinary Point until about 10:30 p.m. Saturday and resumed early Sunday morning.

NRP Sgt. Art Windemuth said officers found a 10-foot gray dinghy in the river at about 5:50 p.m. Saturday, and found a group of people who said a friend, Andrew Michael Bauer, 34, left at 3:45 p.m. in the dinghy and had not been seen since.

Windemuth said police are treating the incident as a missing person, and ask anyone who saw Bauer, who is 6-foot, 3-inches tall, about 200 pounds, with a shaved head and tattoos on both arms, to call 1-800-628-9944.

Bauer had on blue swim trunks, police said.

NRP, assisted by Anne Arundel County Fire Department, also removed three people from the Chesapeake Bay near Hemmingway's at about 5 p.m. Sunday. Officers found a 15-feet boat that had capsized and sunk, and rescued three occupants from the water.

A sudden storm created 2- to 3-feet waves; the vessel took a wave and then capsized.

Rescue crews took the three men, all from Hyattsville, to Hemmingway's fuel dock for medical evaluation. The boat operator, Dennis Junior Sorzano, 38, and a passenger, Vernon Dominic, 83, were taken to a nearby hospital, Windemuth said.

The third man, Dennis Conrad Sorzano, did not need medical attention.

A MSP helicopter helped with the search for Bauer, and with the water rescue on Kent Island.

Sunday's sudden storms followed record-breaking temperatures Friday and Saturday that lessened some Sunday, with heat index values of up to 105 degrees. The National Weather Service again issued heat advisories Sunday, with added warnings of scattered thunderstorms, cloud to ground lightning and wind gusts.

A storm brought about an inch of much-needed rain to American Corner, weather observer George Jackson said. The rain came down "in minutes" and the storm quickly lowered the temperature. Jackson said he had recorded a high of 96 degrees earlier Sunday and the temperature had fallen to 78 degrees at 6:42 p.m., shortly after the storm passed through the area.

The high temperature today should be about 92 degrees, with a heat index of 104.


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