UPDATE (10/30/20 6:15 p.m.)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The body of a man found in a wooded area in Garrett County, Maryland Friday morning has been identified as the Morgantown man who was reported missing earlier this week, according to Maryland State Police.
According to a post on the Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks Facebook page, the body of the man found deceased has been identified as Hassan “AJ” Aino, 25 of Morgantown.
Aino was reported missing on Sunday, October 25 and at that point, had not been seen by his family in more than a week, according to the Morgantown Police Department. Morgantown Police issued a release on Monday, October 26, asking for the public’s help in locating Aino.
The post by Maryland State Police stated that Aino was pronounced dead at the scene. His body will be transported tot he Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to confirm the cause and manner of death, troopers said.
The post stated that shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Maryland State Police at the McHenry Barrack received a call from a man who was hunting in a wooded area of Lower New Germany Road near I-68 in Garrett County. Troopers said the hunter reported he had found a body lying in the woods about one-half mile from the nearest road.
The post stated that State Police patrol troopers and Maryland Natural Resources Police officers responded to and secured the scene. State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and collect evidence. A forensic investigator from the Office of the State Medical Examiner was contacted and came to the scene to assist with the death investigation, according to the post.
Troopers said the body was located in a heavily wooded area near a swamp, approximately one-half mile from where Aino’s car had been found on October 22. Troopers also said the body was outside of an area of more than 130 acres that had been searched by dozens of police and civilian search teams that had been looking for Aino earlier this week.
The post stated that investigators observed that Aino has sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his head. The post stated they also found a .40 caliber pistol beside the body as well as a half-empty whiskey bottle and a baggie of suspected marijuana. Troopers said that investigators confirmed the handgun they found had been purchased by Aino about one month ago in West Virginia.
The post stated the handgun and all other items at the scene will be forwarded to the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division Laboratory for analysis. The investigation is continuing.
ORIGINAL (10/26/20 4:02 p.m.)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Morgantown man has been reported as missing to the Morgantown Police Department.
According to a release sent out by the police department, Hassan “AJ” Aino, 25, of Morgantown, has not been seen by his family in more than a week.
On Oct. 22, Aino’s 2019 Subaru Impreza was found in Garrett County, Maryland, and Aino was reported missing on Oct. 25, according to the release.
Aino is described as being a 5’3″ black male with black hair and brown eyes who weights 135 pounds, officers said, and he is also described as having a mustache and short beard.
Anyone with information as to Aino’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Morgantown Police Department’s detectives division at 304-284-7454, or to call the TIPS line to make an anonymous tip at 304-284-7520.