Update from Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Oct. 7, 1:40 p.m.:

La Plata, MD— Charles County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the homeless couple that were found found in a wooded area near Drury Drive in La Plata. The female was identified as Susan Rushing Kurtz, 53, of no fixed address. The male was identified as Gleen Allen Kurtz, 54, of no fixed address. Autopsy results are pending further investigation and toxicology reports. 


Update from Cahrles County Sheriff’s Office, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m.:

La Plata, MD –Charles County Sheriffs detectives are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found at about 7 a.m. today in a wooded area near Drury Drive in La Plata. The couple, who appeared to be in their 50’s, were found by a passerby and it appeared they had been living at that location. There were no obvious signs of trauma. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will perform autopsies to determine the cause of death. Investigators are in the process of identifying the couple. The investigation is continuing.

Original Story, Oct. 3

La Plata, MD – The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the unattended deaths of two homeless people who were found dead in a wooded area of La Plata Saturday morning, Oct. 3.

According to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Diane Richardson, the two deceased individuals–a man and woman both believed to be in their 50s–were discovered in the wooded area around 7 a.m. by another person who reportedly lives in the woods.

“The preliminary information is that they were alive yesterday,” said Richardson, who added the woman was found in a chair and the man was discovered partially in a tent, which had collapsed. Richardson said there were no apparent signs of trauma or any kind of struggle. 

While the cause of death is not known at this time, Richardson reported both of the deceased were wearing clothes that were soaking wet. A few liquor bottles were also discovered in the area where the pair was found.

“Weather certainly could have been a factor in their deaths,” said Richardson. “They were both exposed to the rain. It’s very sad.”

The bodies have been taken to the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore to determine the identities and determine the exact cause of death.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is handling the unattended death investigation.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com