CUMBERLAND — Maryland State Police said Friday the death of a Frostburg man on private land near Savage River State Forest is an isolated incident and there's no danger to the public.

The body of 24-year-old Alexander A. Stevens was found late Wednesday morning by a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter on a logging road in the vicinity of 1700 Pine Swamp Road near Barton in Garrett County. The discovery was made a short time after a female companion of Stevens exited the wooded area and entered a residence in that area to call for help.

"We are not in a situation where we're concerned for the safety of the public in that area," Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police spokesman, said Friday. "We believe this was an isolated situation. I can't be more specific than that. We do not believe there's a danger to the public in that area. We hope to make this clearer once the investigation is complete. But right now, it's still a sensitive part of the investigation."

Autopsy results are pending from the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in the investigation being led by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the agency’s criminal division.

Investigators have said there was noticeable trauma to Stevens' body and all scenarios were being considered.

The woman, who has not been identified by police, was taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center where she remained a patient Friday, according to state police. She was reportedly being treated for hypothermia and has been interviewed by investigators.

Assistance in the case has been provided by the C3I Unit, state police crime scene technicians and Natural Resources Police.

Eight NRP officers, an investigator and a K-9 Unit responded to the Savage River State Forest and a search was conducted following a 911 call to the Mineral County emergency center that was transferred to Allegany County and then to Natural Resources Police.

Stevens and the unidentified woman apparently arrived in separate vehicles at a trailhead in the state forest at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The vehicles have been searched as part of the investigation.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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