TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Baltimore County Police say there was no foul play involved in the death of a North Carolina man whose body was found along a wooded trail at Robert E. Lee Park early Thursday morning.
Mike Schuh reports.
Officers were called to respond to the area of Falls Road and Old Pimlico Road, near Robert E. Lee Park and Lake Roland just after 1 a.m.
The sprawling, rugged park, located just north of the city line, runs from Ruxton to Mt. Washington. It’s criss-crossed by trails, and off one of the running trails, police found the body of a 49-year-old man.
The main trails in the park get a lot of use. Located right off Falls Road, it’s easy to get to. And it’s on its western edge where someone made a gruesome discovery.
“Officers responded to that area and found the body of a deceased man,” said Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County Police.
The body was located in a pretty obscure part of the park, nowhere near where the popular hiking trails are. Police say the body was found 150 feet off the 6300-block of Falls Road.
“It is a pretty obscure part of the trail, but at this time one in the morning there wasn’t too much foot traffic out there,” Vinson said.
The man is identified as Reed Cockey Haynie, 49, from Wilmington, N.C.
Word of the finding of a body is unsettling.
“I guess it’s that proximity that makes me worry more,” said Emily Williamson, who uses the park.
Thursday afternoon, police determined there was no foul play involved in Haynie’s death. An autopsy report will confirm the type of injuries he sustained and the exact cause of his death.
“Once we have a ruling from the medical examiner we will continue to pursue our investigation,” Vinson said.
Even so, walkers at the park are using caution.
“Sometimes I come with friends and maybe I’ll do that and not be alone,” Williamson said.
The man-made lake at that park, designed by Robert E. Lee, was the city’s original source of drinking water.
The city sold it to the county four years ago.
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