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Updated: Victim Identified in Fruitland Homicide

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The victim's remains were found Tuesday on a property in the 100 block of South Division Street in Fruitland. (Photo: WBOC) The victim's remains were found Tuesday on a property in the 100 block of South Division Street in Fruitland. (Photo: WBOC)

FRUITLAND, Md.- Maryland State Police criminal investigators have arrested a Wicomico County man in connection with a homicide in Fruitland.

Police said the suspect, 47-year-old Douglas Harlow, of the 100 block of South Division Street in Fruitland, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon, and improper disposal of a body in the death of Ronnie Glen Mackert, 63, identified in court documents. Harlow was taken into police custody without incident and is waiting to be seen by the District Court Commissioner in Wicomico County.

At 10 p.m. Tuesday night, investigators from the Maryland State Apprehension Team and the Maryland State Police Gang Unit located Harlow at a trailer park in Salisbury. He was arrested and then transported to the Salisbury Barrack for processing and later transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center.

The investigation into the homicide got underway after the Fruitland Police Department received information regarding a possible burial site located in the 100 block of South Division Street. On Tuesday, officers and investigators from the Fruitland Police Department responded to the scene and discovered a shallow grave containing Mackert's decomposed human body wrapped in a blanket.  The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and Criminal Enforcement Division were then contacted for assistance. 

Mackert's remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. 

Court records show Harlow has a long rap sheet with past theft and drug convictions. 

Click here to read the charging documents in the homicide case.

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