The Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered the body of a missing boater from Tenthouse Creek in southern Anne Arundel County at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police had been searching by air and water for Dean Dixon, 52, since his unoccupied vessel was found Tuesday afternoon on the creek's shoreline, near the 4700 block of Bayfields Road in Galesville.

Dixon had left his home in Galesville at about 5 a.m. Tuesday to go crabbing and had last spoken to his family by cellphone at 11:00 a.m., police said.

Dixon's body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. NRP's Special Operations Unit is investigating the incident.

The Coast Guard and the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, including its aviation unit, assisted in the search.

Due to misinformation from police, an earlier version of this story gave an incorrect residence for Dixon. He was a resident of Galesville. The Sun regrets the error.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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