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This story was updated on July 23.

The man whose body was recovered from a stormwater retention pond in Nike Missile Park on Sunday has been identified as Matthew Baker, 25, of Gaithersburg.

It took police several days to identify him: the only information they had about him at first was the clothing they believed he was wearing before he died and his tattoos. One tattoo on his left bicep was of crossed dumbbells and he had others of letters and a cross encircled in flames on his forearms. Police say they made the ID after releasing photos of the tattoos to the press.

The cause and manner of death are still under investigation, police say. Baker’s body may have been in the water since Friday night.

According to a police statement detailing the incident, Maryland-National Capital Park Police visited the location Friday night after someone reported finding clothes near the stormwater retention pond. It is a pond with lots of weeds and growth, Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly said, explaining that if the man went in at night, “he may not have known how gross the pond was.”

Investigators from both agencies are working to determine if these two incidents are related.

sjbsmith@gazette.net