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Body discovered at Greenwood Beach

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

Local law enforcement says not missing Burgess woman; identified as out-of-state resident

Northumberland County law enforcement recovered the body of a woman from the Potomac River at Greenwood Beach on Thursday evening, authorities said Monday.

According to both the Lancaster and Northumberland county sheriff’s offices, the person found was not Burgess woman Claudine Gifford, who has been missing since she was reportedly last seen leaving a Tiki Bar on the evening of July 6. As of press time, Gifford is still missing.

Northumberland County Sheriff C.A. Wilkins said that at 5:41 p.m., they received a report from residents who reported a female floating in the river in the area of Greenwood Beach.

Northumberland authorities arrived on-scene at 5:57 p.m. and discovered the body of a Caucasian female that appeared to have been in the water for a short amount of time.

“It was obvious when we got there, it was not the female we were looking for,” Wilkins said in reference to Gifford.

Wilkins said they started doing queries and found that St. Mary’s County in Maryland had a report of a missing person.

“They e-mailed us a photograph and we notified our medical examiner and she came to the scene,” Wilkins said, adding that the medical examiner “tentatively identified” the female as the missing person from Maryland.

Later, the body was positively identified as Melissa Taubman Scanlon, 66, of Gaithersburg, Md.

After Scanlon was discovered by police, the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office had contacted the Maryland Department of Natural Resources  since anything in the Potomac River at the low water mark falls under Maryland jurisdiction.

“We had to wait … unfortunately, their on-call investigator had to come from Frederick [in the mainland part of] Maryland,” Wilkins noted. “They made it…

Read the full story in the August 13 edition of the Northumberland Echo!