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Fruitland Body Identified, More Witness Accounts

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FRUITLAND, Md. (AP) - Authorities have identified a body found buried in Fruitland this week, about nine months after investigators believe the victim was killed.
Court records show that Ronnie Glen Mackert of Wicomico County was discovered buried Tuesday between two homes.
Forty-seven-year-old Douglas Harlow of Fruitland has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, improper disposal of a body and other charges.
State Police say someone contacted authorities about Mackert's slaying, which occurred nine months ago. The woman told police Harlow assaulted Mackert during an argument at a gathering and kicked him out of a home.
She and other witnesses say they later found Mackert dead near a bloody knife. Police say the witnesses then saw Harlow dig a hole and dump Mackert in it.
It's unclear if Harlow has an attorney.


Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.