Philip Merrill, 1934 – 2006

Publisher Philip Merrill’s body was discovered by a boater yesterday nine miles south of the search area.

Tom Marquardt, the executive editor of the Capital, said the Merrill family is “grieving all over again.”

“It’s been a very difficult time for them,” he said. “They’re gathering around each other and getting through this ordeal.”

The Capital Newspaper notes that a boater spotted Merrill’s body about 12:30 p.m. in the water 1 1/2 miles southwest of Poplar Island. It was about 11 1/2 miles northeast of where his 41-foot sailboat was found adrift near Plum Point in Calvert County.

The Baltimore Sun reports that since Merrill was reported missing, Chesapeake Bay Foundation members had joined in recovery efforts using their own boats. Jennifer Horton, the chairman of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said, “It is quite natural — something any waterman would do for another because we all have a shared love and respect for the bay.”

Thursday’s memorial service in Merrill’s honor remains scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.