Body Of Missing Fire Recruit Found In Liberty Reservoir

WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ)—A young man with dreams of becoming a firefighter was pulled from the Liberty Reservoir Sunday afternoon.

Derek Valcourt reports the family is heartbroken over the news.

Now that the search is over, the investigation now turns to how he died.

City fire recruit Rodney Goggins Jr., 20, disappeared May 29. His family members found his abandoned car days later along busy Liberty Road, where it crosses Liberty Reservoir, sparking an intense search that lasted days but came up empty.

“Rodney just would never, never leave us like this, and I just want my son back home safe,” said his mother Tracey Goggins, days after her son was reported missing.

The search for Goggins came to an end around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a boater on the reservoir called 911 to report a body.

“Rangers responded and did find what turned out to be the body of Mr.Goggins adjacent to the shore line in about a foot of water,” said Chief Luke Brackett, Baltimore City Watershed Rangers.

Police say with the information provided by Goggins family, it didn’t take long to identify the Baltimore City College graduate.

“I’m just relieved that we know where he is,” said Lloyd Carter.

Carter is deputy chief at the fire academy where Goggins became a recruit in March. He says Goggins was two months into the five-month process of becoming a full-fledged firefighter and showed promise.

“He was well-rounded, very athletic, very intelligent, very strong leadership quality, so I think he would have been an excellent addition to our department,” Carter said.

It’s a loss for the fire department but an even bigger loss for Goggins family—now helping to care for the 7-month-old daughter he leaves behind.

“We can’t imagine what they are going through but the entire fire department, our hearts go out to them and we pray for their strength in this challenging time,” said Kevin Cartwright, Baltimore City Fire Department.

The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are asking anyone with information about Goggins’ death to call 1-888-399-8477. You can remain anonymous.

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  • Jonathan Chiles

    Thank god, I was wondering what happened to this case. Better to find closure than to be left thinking what if……

  • mel fonte

    So sad for this family and to think that this father has to learn of his son’s death on Father’s Day. My prayers are with you and your loved ones.

    • Jim

      What about his daughter, her daddy was discoverd dead on fathers day. It’s just sad all the way around.


    To the family of Rodney Goggins Jr. – You are in my prayers. I hope you can in some way find closure. This is an incredibly sad day for the Maryland Fire Fighting community. May our brother rest in peace!

  • http://Wjz Kell

    To rodneys parents ,kim n buck im praying that god grants u peace.

  • Doug

    So sorry for the family.
    Geez,seams like a drowning a day, in the news

  • Kimberly Blackwell

    dag on what is it the in thing now to kill and dump bodies into the resevors first conowingo now liberty they need to step up the security around them areas….praying for his parents i no what its like to lose a son and the pain never really goes away sometimes it just dulls a little!!!!

  • susan

    So sad for everyone involved. How horrible to find out on what is suposse to be a happy day. Prayers are going out to the family.

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