Bodies Of Missing Men Found Tues. In The Potomac River

One was found on Tues., the other on Tues. evening.

The bodies of  the men who went on a fishing trip on Sunday and never returned have been recovered. Maryland Natural Resources Police say Robert Lee, 51, of Frederick was located Tuesday afternoon in the Potomac River just before 4:00 PM. “It was upstream from Nolands Ferry, about in the area we initially we’re told that the boat was last seen, and we later found capsized,” says spokeswoman Candy Thomson.

She says the body of Lawrence Grey, 62, of Brunswick was located Tuesday night in the Great Falls area which is about 30 miles downstream from Point of Rocks.  His identity was confirmed on Wednesday.

The two bodies have been taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.

Both men went out to fish on Sunday, and were reported missing. Their boat was found capsized in the Potomac River on Sunday.

Thomson says while officers were conducting their search on Tuesday, they found two kayakers who were not wearing life jackets, and three kayakers who had just come down from the rapids, and were not wearing helmets. “We are in the middle of a really bad situation, and what we want is people to be safe,” she says. “And if we have to start issuing tickets because people are not doing the right thing, or people are not obeying state regulations, we’re just going to have to do that.”

She says so far this season, there have been five fatal boating accidents in Maryland. “In all five cases this year, it appears that people were not wearing their life jackets. 18 of 21 victims last year were not wearing their life jackets. So clearly, life jackets have a big impact on whether you’re going to live or die if you fall into the water.” says Thomson.

She says it appears neither man was wearing a life jacket when they set out on their fishing trip.