Police Identify Woman Found Dead in Swollen Patuxent River

The 26-year-old was pulled from the rising water Thursday in Maryland City.

Police have released the name of a woman found dead Thursday by the banks of the flood-enlarged Patuxent River in Maryland City.

The body of Anifa Kiwanuka, 26, was pulled from the water around 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Laurel Fort Meade Road and Race Track Road, Anne Arundel County police said.

The river had climbed well above its normal level after heavy rains prompted the release of water upsteam from the T. Howard Duckett Dam.

Authorities were first notified of a body floating in the water by 911 caller, according to police. Firefighters, who were already nearby due to anticipated flooding, retrieved Kiwanuka from the water.

Police said Kiwanuka had no fixed address at the time of her death and that the low-lying area where she was discovered is a frequent encampment site for the homeless.

A witness told police they had advised Kiwanuka to move away from the river around 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. due to the rising water. The witness had then left the area.

The exact cause of Kiwanuka's death is set to be determined by Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.

Russell Gilroy February 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Nifa had a kind and gentle soul, she never hurt anybody. Rest In Peace Sweetheart I Love You, I Miss You
patricia jennings February 08, 2013 at 10:08 PM
i grew up in md city from 1965-thru 1984 as a young girl it always flooded there .i worked as a hot walker on the race track back in the 70s when i was in high school so i remember that area well


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