On May 2nd around 2 pm, PCSO was contacted in reference to a deceased adult male in a vacant lot across the street from Hancock Funeral Home in Fort Meade (East Broadway & North Washington Ave). The witness had parked at the funeral home and observed the victim walking into the vacant lot; just after the witness went inside the funeral home, he heard a single gunshot; he went back outside, walked over to the lot, and observed the victim, identified as 79-year-old Roger Croghan of 300 South Washington Avenue #16 in Fort Meade, obviously deceased with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The witness dialed 9-1-1. There was a manila envelope with a note taped to the top of it adjacent to the body, and the note was addressed “Dear first responder.” There were several documents inside, related to his plan to commit suicide.
PCSO Homicide detectives arrived and conducted an investigation, and transported the victim to the Medical Examiner for an autopsy. No foul play was suspected. The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was gunshot wound of the head, and the manner of death was suicide.