'Next Page' mystery solved: Disappearance of Morris C. Sparks

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Morris C. Sparks, the construction superintendent on what's now the David McCullough Bridge, met an unhappy and untimely end.

The July 7 Next Page recounted the 35-year-old Maryland native's disappearance during the bridge project in December 1921. A newspaper story in 1930 counted him among the late members of an Elks lodge in Frostburg, Md., but details about what had happened to him were wanting.

A handful of Post-Gazette readers did their own online detective work and found an April 3, 1922, story about Sparks' fate in the Cumberland (Md.) Evening Times. The story said Sparks' body had been pulled from the Ohio River at Ambridge days before. He appeared to have been robbed and killed and his body dumped in the river.

He was buried in Pikesville, Md.

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