- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2006

4:48 p.m.

Maryland authorities have recovered the body of publisher and former diplomat Philip Merrill, who disappeared June 10 during a solo sailing trip around the Chesapeake Bay.

Searchers recovered the body today near Poplar Island, where they had focused their search after Mr. Merrill had been presumed dead June 12.

Michael Walsh, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, said a press conference on the discovery of Mr. Merrill’s remains will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Sandy Point State Park.

Poplar Island, which is deserted, lies south of Kent Island along Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Mr. Merrill, 72, was reported missing June 10 by his wife, and later that evening, his 41-foot sailboat, the Merrilly, was found near Breezy Point about 25 miles south of Annapolis in Calvert County.

He was known in Washington journalism circles as the mercurial publisher of Washingtonian magazine as well as the Capital newspaper in Annapolis and five other newspapers in Maryland.

His name also graces the University of Maryland’s journalism program. His service to Republican presidents includes stints as assistant secretary-general of NATO in Brussels and, until last year, as head of the Export-Import Bank.

His survivors include his wife Eleanor of Arnold, Md.; two daughters, Cathy Merrill Williams of the District and Nancy Merrill of Arlington; a son, Doug Merrill of Shelburne, Vt.; a sister and four grandchildren.

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