Update: Police Identify Deceased Woman Found at Bestgate Park in Annapolis

A woman's body was found Friday afternoon at Bestgate Park in Annapolis. Police said there were no obvious signs of trauma.

A woman's body was found Friday afternoon at Bestgate Park in Annapolis. File|Patch
A woman's body was found Friday afternoon at Bestgate Park in Annapolis. File|Patch

Authorities have released the name of a deceased woman whose body was found Friday afternoon in an Annapolis park by someone walking a dog, Anne Arundel County Police said.

The body was discovered lying in a ravine behind a sediment pond at Bestgate Park and showed no obvious signs of trauma, according to the department’s Facebook page.

The woman has been identified as Diane Donati, 48, of an unknown address. Police say Donati was fully clothed and dressed appropriately for cold weather and even had a blue blanket wrapped around her. Because of the condition and location of the blue blanket, it appeared she had draped it over her shoulders in an effort to keep warm.

A forensic investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to assist in the investigation. Preliminary examination of the deceased revealed no outward signs of trauma or foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen Donati to contact Detective Regina Collier at 410-222-3417.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Last month the body of Diana Kapnistos Hester, 49, of Farley Court in Arnold was found near the 15th hole tee at the Bay Hills Golf Course in Anne Arundel County, Patch earlier reported. An autopsy found signs of hypothermia and no indication of trauma or foul play were found.

Relaxing March 01, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Hummm. Very sad. Both circumstances similar and odd. Same age, walking around in the cold...
Brenda Ware March 01, 2014 at 01:53 PM
There are odd similarities to these two cases. They both have the same first name - live in the Annapolis area and are in their late 40's. Is this more than a coincidence? Why where they wandering around in the cold? I hope the police are looking into these two cases really close.
Relaxing March 02, 2014 at 12:17 AM
agreed. just cause there is no sign of trauma doesn't mean there isn't something up.


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