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Officials Investigating Conococheague Creek Death

On Friday, Washington County Sheriff officials are investigating the death of 25-year-old man who was fishing Thursday afternoon.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD- On Friday, Washington County Sheriff officials are investigating the death of 25-year-old man who was fishing Thursday afternoon.

Corey Clopein went fishing at Conococheague Creek on Thursday and when his family hadn't heard from him; they went looking for him.

"The area that he was found in is very shallow it's common for people to go fishing in that area, it's not an area where someone would go swimming in and the items that he had with him were consistent with someone who would be out fishing," said Carly Hose, Deputy First Class with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

Officials say a family member found the victim’s body near the measuring station, just off Wishard Road. With the case still under investigation, it could take weeks before they know what really happened.

And until they find a cause a death, officials say it’s hard to tell if this was a safety issue but they are advising residents be alert.

"But anytime someone is out and about they should let a family member, another person know where they are and have check in times and things along those lines so if something were to happen someone can trace back and find them," said Hose. 

And local fishermen agree it's always good to prepared.

"Have lifejackets, always have phone on you and other people who aren't with you know where you are," said Cory Berger, a Hagerstown fisherman. "Just keep in touch with people."

Fishermen also say it's good to fish in groups. It appears Clopein was fishing alone.

Officials say foul play is not suspected and his body was taken to the Office of Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

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