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Maryland State Police News Release

Maryland State Police Investigate After Man’s Body Is Recovered at Savage River Reservoir

(SWANTON, MD) – Maryland State Police are investigating after a man’s body was found Monday in the water of the Savage River Reservoir in Garrett County.

The victim is identified as Dallas Ray Bittinger, 53, of Swanton, Maryland. He was transported to Potomac Valley Hospital in West Virginia where he was pronounced deceased.  According to a preliminary investigation, there are no signs of foul play.  The victim’s body was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, West Virginia for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, troopers from the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack responded to a call from the Maryland Natural Resources Police Department after they recovered the man’s body from the Savage River Reservoir. Troopers along with investigators from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Western Region, responded to the scene.

The preliminary investigation indicates that sometime before noon yesterday Bittinger was reported missing from his work site. Bittinger was employed as a worker at the Savage River Reservoir and was reported to have been clearing debris from the coastline of the Savage River earlier that day. Garrett County emergency personnel responded along with Maryland Natural Resources Police Department officers who subsequently located the victim.

The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomington Fire Department, Kitzmiller Volunteer Fire Department, Deep Creek Fire Department, Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department and Potomac Fire Department, all from Maryland, along with Fountain Fire Department and Tri-Town Ambulance and Fire Department both of West Virginia, assisted in the search effort.

The investigation continues.


CONTACT: Brenda Carl – Office of Media Communications, 410-653-4236