Body of Missing Man Found in Patapsco River: Police

The 27-year-old man went missing on the Fourth of July near Bloede Dam, officials said.

Sign near Bloede Dam (Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
Sign near Bloede Dam (Credit: Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
The body of the man who was reported missing Friday afternoon while swimming at Patapso Valley State Park was recovered Saturday, according to WBAL.

Alvaro L. Rivadineira Ordonez, 27, of Cheverly, was located by Maryland Department of Natural Resources personnel around 1 p.m. on Saturday, WBAL reported.

Ordonez was reported missing at 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July, according to Lt. Paul Massarelli of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

The man's family saw him go underwater near a dam/waterfall in the Avalon area, and he didn't resurface, Baltimore County public safety officials said.

Most likely, Ordonez drowned, officials told The Baltimore Sun.

Divers searched for him on Friday afternoon for several hours but the effort was suspended due to challenging water conditions, Massarelli told Patch.

When Ordonez's body was recovered Saturday, the current was so strong that four divers had to be secured to the shore with ropes to find him, according to The Capital.

"Even the best swimmers struggle at Bloede Dam," the Department of Natural Resources Police said Saturday, tweeting a photo of the sign posted there. The sign says: "Danger, Area Closed to Public Use...Drownings Have Occurred" in English and Spanish.

Five people have drowned at Bloede Dam in the last 20 years, WJZ reported last August, on the heels of a drowning there.

According to ABC 2 News, Ordonez's body has been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Related: Swimmer Disappeared in Patapsco River on Fourth of July
Dave A. July 06, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Paul Massarelli is not with the PD but with the FD!
Elizabeth Janney July 06, 2014 at 01:57 PM
I just corrected it. Sorry for the error! Thanks for the correction.
Veronica Salisbury July 07, 2014 at 07:28 AM
He shouldnt have been swimming so close to the dam, Iam in the river all of the time but I also know that you need to respect it too and some places you just shouldnt go near and Bloede dam is one of them. I hope the dam wont yet again get blamed for people not using their head. Iam sorry for the family and friends of this man for their loss.


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