HARMONY -- Maryland Natural Resources Police Wednesday recovered the body of a boater who died in an apparent drowning in the Choptank River Saturday near Harmony.
Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Brian Albert said police identified the man as Todd Heaton, 32, of Greensboro. Albert said Heaton and another man were fishing Saturday on the Choptank River off Two Johns Road and Heaton jumped into the water to cool off at about 4:30 p.m. He said a witness did not see Heaton resurface and called for help.
Dive teams from Preston Volunteer Fire Company and Seaford, Del., responded along with emergency crews from Denton and Federalsburg fire companies. The two dive teams remained at the river and continued the search for several days.
Albert said Heaton's body was found Wednesday during a surface search about a mile from where he jumped into the river. He said Heaton's body will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Heaton's apparent drowning comes about a year after four people drowned in the waters of Caroline County. Rosa Chalin, 22, of Easton, drowned last June in Marsh Creek after jumping in to save her 2-year-old son who fell into the water.
Last July, three Federalsburg boys, Vladimir Jacotin, 12, Christopher Gabriel, 11, and Yamoul Dona, 6, drowned after they apparently tried to cool off in the Marshyhope Creek on a scorching hot day.