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Body Found in Park Is That of Missing Man With Dementia, Police Say



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    Medical examiners have determined the body found in a Prince George's County park last month is that of the 80-year-old man who wandered away from an assisted living facility's picnic three weeks prior. 

    Lubin Phipps, of Upper Marlboro, was the man whose body was found in Watkins Regional Park on Oct. 11, Prince George's County police said in an update Friday night after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner made the identification earlier in the day. Police and Phipps' family previously said they presumed the body belonged to Phipps.

    Phipps' family and their lawyer said at a news conference Monday that they want prosecutors to bring criminal charges against the assisted living facility in whose care Phipps was when he went missing Sept. 18.

    Phipps went missing after he was taken to Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro with other residents of Woodmore House Assisted Living. He asked to use the restroom and wasn't seen again, his family said.

    Woodmore House declined to comment on the probe.

    Phipps' body was found Sunday afternoon during a search by Maryland-National Capital Park Police and volunteer search-and-rescue teams. Park police told News4 the body was found in a soybean field, about 180 yards from where a search for Phipps previously had been conducted. Watkins Regional Park spans more than 300 acres. Authorities said Sunday that the body and the clothing matched Phipps' description.

    PGPD is investigating the circumstances leading to the death and said no foul play is suspected.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.