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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 06/ 5/2010

Body found in lake was wanted man

By Washington Post Editors

Updated Saturday, 10:40 a.m.: Montgomery County and Howard County police have confirmed that a body found in the Triadelphia Reservoir on Friday is that of a man wanted by Howard police.

The body of Robert L. Thornton, 46, of the 1200 block of Knoll Mist Lane in Gaithersburg was found in the reservoir near Brighton Dam about 3 p.m. Friday. Howard police said in a news release that he was wanted for attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, attempted carjacking, attempted armed robbery and reckless endangerment for an incident that occurred May 12 in Howard.

Montgomery police are conducting the death investigation because Thornton’s body was found in the reservoir. His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy to establish the cause and manner of his death.

On May 12, about 11:14 p.m., Howard police responded to Brighton Dam Road in Clarksville near the county line for a reported assault.

Police say Thornton and a female friend, a Howard County woman who police would not identify, had an argument in a neighboring county. As the woman left in her vehicle, Thornton followed her in his car.

Police said Thornton, who was driving a Dodge Ram pickup, rear-ended the woman’s Chrysler sedan, causing her to lose control and pull over on the shoulder of Brighton Dam Road. Thornton also lost control of his truck, striking a tree, police said.

Police said Thornton then chased the woman into a wooded area, threatened her and cut her neck with an unknown object. He was last seen fleeing on foot. A passerby called police, and the woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she was treated and released.

Original post: Howard County police are working with Montgomery County authorities to investigate the discovery of a body in the Triadelphia Reservoir near Brighton Dam on Friday.

According to a Howard County police news release, a woman called 911 about 3:10 p.m. to report that a man’s body was in the water. Detectives have not confirmed the man’s identity or cause of death, but are investigating.

Triadelphia Reservoir is on the Patuxent River in Howard and Montgomery counties near Brookeville.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  body found in lake, triadelphia reservoir  
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awww, we sure will miss him.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 5, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

So sad, too bad.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | June 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

As insensitive as this is, the world is a better place without this person walking around.

Posted by: brandip_77 | June 5, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

...and he saved taxpayers money since there will not be a court case!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 5, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Guess I'll stick with bottled water.

Posted by: dixierickie | June 5, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 6, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I recall seeing significant Police presence near the reservoir on Friday evening. I normally take the back roads to work in Mont County. Which reminds me, need to get a new car ASAP, wouldn't wannt my car to break down in that area, especially now that I know about this.

Posted by: osolaru | June 6, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

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