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Shoplifting/Death Investigation - Hanover

Publish Date: 07/14/2014

Western District

Shoplifting/Death Investigation (UPDATE) - Hanover


On July 7, 2014, just before 9:00 p.m., firefighters and paramedics responded to the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover for a report of an individual in the water. First responders were informed by Mall Security that they witnessed an adult male enter a three acre sediment pond and not surface. When immediate efforts by firefighters to locate the individual were unsuccessful, divers were placed into the water. The body of an adult male was recovered around 11:15 p.m.


Detectives from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the scene to assist with investigating the incident. The incident occurred in a storm-water runoff pond on the northwest corner of the parking lot. The pond is approximately 900 yards long, 100 yards wide and approximately 20 feet deep in the middle. The pond is filled with sediment and a thick growth of underwater grasses/vegetation.


Further investigation revealed that the individual was a shoplifter from a store inside of Arundel Mills Mall, who fled on foot from pursuing Mall Security officers. Mall Security personnel observed the shoplifting suspect enter the sediment pond and begin to swim. Mall Security urged the individual to return to the side of the pond and discontinue swimming, but he failed to do so. At one point, the individual appeared to dive head first down into the pond and he never resurfaced.


Once the Police Department and Fire Department were notified, a significant rescue effort took place. Multiple resources from both agencies were deployed in an effort to locate the suspect, who was located deceased underwater near the middle of the pond. A forensic examiner responded to the scene and found no trauma to the body. The remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to be performed.



The deceased individual has seen been identified as Tavon Talley, 26, of Baltimore, Maryland. The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner completed the examination/autopsy of Mr. Talley and found no suspicious indicators. Preliminarily, the cause of death appears to be drowning with the manner accidental pending toxicology results. Please note that a second person who was with Mr. Talley at the time of the shoplifting, Tania D. Turner, 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with Theft Under $1,000 for her role in the incident. 


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