Police Need Help Identifying Man Who Jumped Off Overpass Near Arundel Mills

Maryland State Police

Maryland State Police (MSP) are asking for the public’s help in an incident that happened on New Year’s Day on I-295 at Wright Road, just west of the Arundel Mills Mall area. MSP spokesman Greg Shipley said that police were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 1 for a man who had jumped from an overpass. The body was in the roadway, in the southbound “fast” lane of I-295.

MSP closed all lanes of I-295 for investigation and so that Anne Arundel County Fire personnel could attempt to revive the man, who has not yet been identified. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

State troopers found a sport utility vehicle parked on the Wright Road overpass. Footprints were found on the hood of the car, as if someone had walked across the hood to get to the fence that runs along the overpass. Troopers think that the vehicle belonged to the man.

Shipley said in a release to the media that it was unclear whether any cars hit the man. A autopsy from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore should be able to tell if the man was hit or if he died from the impact of the fall.

In any event, if anyone hit the man, they didn’t stay at the scene to report that they had hit the man.

Maryland State Police are being assisted in the investigation by State Police criminal investigators from the Glen Burnie barrack, State Police CRASH Team investigators, Anne Arundel County Police and patrol officers.

Maryland State Highway Administration personnel assisted with closing the road, detours, and later reopening I-295.

If you were traveling in this area around 3:30 p.m., and you have information that could help police in their investigation, please call the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at 410-761-5130, ext 0.

Unfortunately, the victim’s identity is not known, and may not be known until after the autopsy. His identity will not be released before relatives are notified, which could take more than 24 hours. Maryland State Police will continue investigating this incident.

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