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Posted at 4:43 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Body found in Prince George's

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post editors

Prince George's County police detectives have launched an investigation into the Thursday discovery of skeletal remains in a wooded area in Morningside.

Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman, said the remains were discovered just after noon when a motorist ran out of gas on the inner loop of the Beltway near Suitland Road.

The motorist pulled over to the shoulder of the roadway so he could walk to a nearby gas station, Tippett said. When the motorist returned, he spotted what appeared to be skeletal remains in the nearby wooded area, Tippett said.

Investigators have not determined who the remains belong to or how the person died. Based on some clothing found police believe the remains are those of a male.

Tippett said the remains will be sent to the medical examiner to try to determine an identity and cause of death.

2:41 p.m.
Prince George's County police detectives say a decomposed body was found Thursday afternoon in a wooded area near Morningside

The body was discovered just after noon in an area near the Capital Beltway and Suitland Road, said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a Prince George's County police department spokesman. He said the body was "decomposed," and detectives are treating the case as a death investigation.

Stay with Crime Scene for updates as they become available.

By Matt Zapotosky  | February 17, 2011; 4:43 PM ET
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