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Local man found dead in Maryland Park

November 24, 2011

James H. Wilson
A missing Lake Geneva man was found dead Monday morning in western Maryland's 44,000 acre Green Ridge State Forest.

James H. Wilson, 75, was last seen Nov. 10 in Lake Geneva and was due to leave the next day to visit family in Delaware.

He never made it.

According to news reports out of Baltimore, Maryland Natural Resources Police said Wilson apparently died from exposure to the elements after leaving his minivan stuck in the woods near the Potomac River town of Little Orleans.

Lake Geneva police said Maryland police had informed the department Wilson's vehicle had been found Sunday and Wilson was found the next day. However, Maryland police did not tell local police the condition of Wilson and said an investigation would ensue.

News reports Monday afternoon confirmed what local police feared.

Apparently, after what the Maryland Department of Natural Resources called an "intensive search," the NRP recovered the body of Wilson at about 9 a.m. Monday morning.

The search began Sunday at 12:30 p.m. after Wilson's unattended vehicle was discovered on Carroll Road in the forest, which is near Flinstone in Allegany County.

After nearly a day of searching, Wilson's body was found in a steep ravine about three-quarters of a mile from his disabled 2004 Chevrolet Venture minivan. There were indications Wilson left his vehicle and walked downstream to the ravine where he was found.

More than 50 volunteers scoured the heavily wooded area on foot by ATV and by air.

Lake Geneva police asked for the public's help last Friday, Nov. 18, in locating Wilson. That press release stated Wilson may be "somewhat confused and disoriented, and it is believed he may have left his prescription medications behind."