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Body Found: Questions, Confusion Still Remain

After body was found in the woods behind a Pasadena shopping center, locals are left with unanswered questions and worry.

Just days after , Mike Miller says he is more careful about where he parks his car when he comes to work.

“I work a lot of nights, and open early, and I don’t park my car in the back; I keep it close or park in a different lot,” said Miller, a BJ’s employee.

Just before 3 p.m. on Monday Anne Arundel County Police responded to the wooded area behind the shopping center off Ritchie Highway when a man who was walking through the woods said he found what appeared to be a human skull.

After an extensive search, police and a search team found the rest of the body. The unidentified body was sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore, according to police.

Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said he wasn’t sure how long it would take to identify the body.

“[There is] no timetable on when identification will be made,” Mulcahy wrote in an email to Patch. “Detectives will be working closely with the OCME to assist in the investigation.”

Miller said that while he did work on Monday, he didn’t hear about the incident until it was on the news the following day.

“On Monday I saw a cop car or two, but it isn’t unusual to see them drive by and just check things out,” Miller said. “When they told me about the craziness I was like, ‘What the heck; a dead body?’”

A police car and a crime scene truck were parked on the side on Route 100 on Tuesday afternoon. Other locals reported seeing dogs and police searching the area.

Questions arose on Tuesday as people wondered whether the body could belong to one of the missing persons in the area, or to the homeless people who are said to frequent the woods behind the Ritchie Highway shopping center.

Pasadena Patch Facebook user Tammy Munion Sunderland wrote, “I wonder if it was one of the many homeless people that tend to stay in the wooded areas around AACo. What a shame.”

Other Facebook users talked about seeing a crime lab in the area on Tuesday night.

No timetable has been given on when an identification or cause of death will be released.

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