Lenny Harris Died From Gunshot Wound; Death A Homicide | News
FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Police say a man who was found in a well last week died of a gunshot wound.
The body of Lenny Harris was extracted from a 20-foot well this past weekend. His death is considered a homicide.
After nearly 8 hours of digging, investigators removed the body from a 20 foot deep well. A tipster brought investigators to the 11900 block of Old Fort Road near Flagship Avenue in Fort Washington on Thursday.
The well can be found along a windy, dirt path on vacant property far from the main road.
Raquel Newton lives nearby, "You just driver up and down the road and you don't even know what's back there. In order for him to be back there someone had to know that well is there."
The discovery of the body has shaken residents such as Kevin Gormes.
Gormes said, "It's scary you know, 'cause we live in a nice neighborhood."
Digging that far down on a crime scene is a delicate and complicated process. It's a process that Andrew Dantos was tasked to do but had never experienced before.
"It was an unusual call to say the least. We are going straight through the top around the well, five feet at a time. We shore it up and go another five feet that way," said Dantos.
On Saturday afternoon, forensics investigators dressed in hazmat gear descended to the bottom of the well to take evidence, pictures and remove the body.
Prince George's County Police don't know how long the body has been there, but they have identified the person as 53-year-old Lenny Harris.
He went missing in September. His phone was found on the Wilson Bridge not far from the well.
Gormes says, "I don't want to know just want to know my family is good."
The case stands as a death investigation Saturday, that has now become the first of its kind in the region.
Julie Parker, Prince George's County Public Information Officer, "No one in the DC area in recent memory can think of a time when they've had to do a recovery from a well. Prince George's County Police are creating a case study of how to remove a body from a well."