Update: Press Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating the death of a maintenance worker at Point Lookout State Park.

The body of Donald Lloyd Gothard, 56, of Lusby, was found at the base of a ladder in the wastewater treatment plant by a co-worker early Monday morning. Gothard was an employee of Maryland Environmental Services.

Gothard logged in at the plant on Sunday morning. When he didn’t return home after his shift, his wife called the police, who labeled him “critically missing” due to medical issues.

NRP investigators do not believe foul play was involved. A Maryland Occupational Safety and Health inspector was at the scene Monday morning. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy.


Previous Report:

A Maryland state worker was found deceased this morning at Point Lookout State Park. The body of the 56-year-old man from Lusby was found at 3:30 this morning at the base of an 18-foot ladder at the state park’s sewage treatment plant. The man was an employee of Maryland Environmental Service (MES), an independent state agency that operates the plant.

According to Department of Natural Resources Police spokesperson Candy Thompson, foul play is not expected. She said the man had medical issues. Thompson told the Bay Net that the man logged in at the start of his shift yesterday and was in contact with his office. But his wife reported that he did not come home after work.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and the MES responded to the site and an MES employee found the man’s body. An autopsy is being performed. His name will be released as soon as it is available.