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Dead Man Found in River Identified

Police say the man found dead in the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River was a Hyattsville resident.

Police say the is Hyattsville resident Robert Leroy Scott, III.

Police estimated Scott to be in his 20s but did not yet have specific information about his age, according to Lt. Sandy Spellman, public information officer with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police which is handling the initial investigation into the incident. The Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit is handling the followup investigation.

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma, but that the cause of death remains under investigation. Scott's remains will be sent to the Office of the Chief Medical examiner to be autopsied.

The body was discovered by passerby at around 3:40 p.m. on January 18 in the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River near the intersection of Queens Chapel and Ager roads.

According to police, Scott lived in the 4600 block of Burlington Road in Hyattsville.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

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