Press Release On Worcester County Beach Find

Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

Press release

On Tuesday August 7th, at about 0930 Hrs. The Worcester County Sheriff’s office responded to homer Gudelsky Park in West Ocean City to investigate the possible recovery of a bone. Deputies responded and met with a couple who stated that they were wading out in the water and came across an object that appeared to be like a suitcase or box. They reached into the object and pulled out items such as; parts of a woman’s shoe, pottery, and what appeared to be a bone.

The Deputy believed the object to be a bone and called for the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation to respond. Detectives arrived and concurred that the object looked like a bone. The Medical examiner’s office sent an investigator to the scene and he believed it to be a bone. That object was collected and sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine if the bone is human or an animal.

The object that contained the above mentioned Items was located buried in the sand about 20 feet off the low tide shoreline. The Maryland State Police and Maryland Natural Resources Police Dive teams were requested to respond due to the fact the object could not be easily removed from the sandy bottom.

The dive team is not centralized and Troopers and officers must come from all parts of the state to the scene of the incident along with their equipment. During their response time the tide changed and what was in 3-6 inches of water was now submerged in 5 feet of water. The Dive officers began a pattern search for the object. Visibility was less than a foot and the current was moving fast. Divers had to diligently search the bottom floor of the bay by hand to relocate the object. The sun had begun to set and the boats were returning from the White Marlin Open making search efforts difficult.

A decision was made to discontinue the search and resume it the following day at low tide.

On Wednesday 8-8-18 at about 1100 Hrs. WCBI Detectives and the MSP and NRP Dive teams responded back to the scene and waded out in the low water and located the object. After examination, it was determined that the object was a barrel made of wood and it was deteriorating quickly. As it was touched pieces were falling off . Divers methodically began digging around it in an attempt to remove it from the sand. Those attempts were unsuccessful due to the barrel falling apart.

A decision was made to dig out the inside of the barrel to identify its contents. After digging out the inside contents of the barrel, only sand, clams, and mussels were located. A scapula of a deer was found near the barrel.

The operation was closed down at that point. The suspected bone was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.

We are waiting for the identification of the suspected bone and will advise when we have that information.

We would like to thank the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, The Maryland State Police and the Maryland Natural Resource Police in providing their assistance in this investigation.


17 thoughts on “Press Release On Worcester County Beach Find

  1. At he Pocomoke City council meeting Monday night tempers were high. Prior to the meeting, City Councilwoman Ester Troast and City Councilman Rev. George Tasker was put on the spot by fellow members of the council. It turned out Troast and Rev. Tasker were were secretly talking to the media about removing mayor Morrison from office due to his brain surgery. When asked by the council who talked to the media, Troast confessed but Rev. Tasker denied several times that he did not contact the media. After several heated arguments that ensued, Rev. Tasker finally admitted that he was one of the culprits who contact the media in an attempt to remove the Mayor. Rev. George Tasker who is Pastor of the Pocomoke City Abundant Life Apostolic Church lied to the council and the people who were in attendance. The audience who attendant the council meeting began chanting, “Tasker is a lyer”.


    1. My Name is Esther Troast and to set the record straight, I did not confess to secretly talking to the press, I openly spoke with the reporter to confirm the Mayor was not stepping down and that I would continue as 1 st Vice-President to conduct the meetings and act on his behalf in a public forum. I at no time tried to hide that I had spoke with her, and was quoted by her on tv, so I wasn’t hiding or denying anything.


  2. The couple reported it after leaving and only gave a general area of where they located it. The object in the water was never observed prior to contacting the dive teams. The dive teams were contacted due to their expertise in underwater evidence collection. The couple from PA only described what they thought its measurements were. They removed a few items from around it, including what was later determined to be an animal bone. Unfortunately, by the time the dive team members arrived, the tide had come in and nothing could be found (the PA couple had stated that the object was only sticking 2 inches out of the mud during low tide). The second bone found on Wednesday was determined to be a deer scapula.


  3. in all fairness to the people of Pocomoke City, Bruce Morrison should no longer be Mayor. Morrison cannot talk or comprehend anything after his surgery. All Morrison can do is bang the gavel he holds on the table.


    August 9, 2018 at 6:19 pm
    II bet the “Rev” is black

    Anon: 6:19 pm This is not about a black white issues, there are a lot of good black people and white people who live in Pocomoke. This is about Rev. George Tasker who claim he was called by God to preach to people at the pulpit yet this man uses the N-word and profanity in almost every sentence. You don’t play with God, the lord will deal with him.


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