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The body of a 24-year-old Waldorf man was found in the Potomac River near the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge on Friday night.

Charles County divers recovered the body of Brandon Jovero around 9:35 p.m., more than 19 hours after Maryland Transportation Authority Police received notice of an abandoned 2001 Ford Focus parked on the southbound side of the bridge near mile marker 1.3, MdTA police spokesman Sgt. Kirk E. Perez said.

The abandoned car was reported at 2:13 a.m. and police had both lanes of the bridge shut down 12 minutes later, Perez said.

The bridge remained closed for about an hour as police removed the car and investigated the scene, he said. Bridge traffic resumed at 3:28 a.m.

A search began for whoever was driving the car. In such a situation, whether someone fell into the water “is always a concern,” Perez said.

Charles County Dive Rescue Company 13 located Jovero’s body on the river bed with its side-scan sonar system but had to wait for windy weather conditions to subside before retrieving the body, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, which assisted in the search.

Investigators were able to link Jovero to the car recovered on the bridge, Perez said, adding that the cause of Jovero’s death had not been determined as of Tuesday afternoon, pending autopsy results.

The investigation is ongoing, MdTA police said.

jnewman@somdnews.com