State Police say it’s an apparent murder-suicide.
Boonsboro, Md (KM) The investigation continues into the deaths of a Frederick man and his two-year-old son whose bodies were found early Friday morning along the Appalachian Trail in Washington County.
Spokesman Greg Shipley with the Maryland State Police says at around 10:30 PM Thursday, troopers were conducted by the wife of Sean Thomson, 34, and the mother of their son, Dawson. She said Sean Thomson had left her parents’ house Boonsboro, with their son at around 8:30 PM. He said he was going hiking. She found Sean Thomson’s car in a parking lot in the 11000-block Baltimore National Pike.
“Maryland State Police immediately launched an operation searching for him. They called in the Mobile Field Force, Special Operations Division as well as experts from the Natural Resources Police,” says Shipley.
Shortly after 3:00 AM on Friday, the body of two-year-old Dawson was located in a ravine off of the trail. Less than an hour later, Sean Dawson’s body was found. “At this, investigators believe that this appears to be a murder-suicide involving Sean Thomson and his son,” Shipley says.
Both of their bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies. Shipley says no manner of death has been determined. “There was trauma to both bodies. Investigators have found a knife at the scene. But we don’t know either the cause or the manner at this time,” he says.
When reporting her husband and son missing, Sean Thomson’s wife had said he had been despondent recently.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information which could help is asked to contact the State Police Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4151.
By Kevin McManus