A 2-year-old was found dead in a ravine along the Appalachian Trail, and his father’s body was not far away, Maryland police said.
Sean Thomson, 34, picked up his son Thursday night from his in-laws’ home near Boonsboro, Md., Police said. He told them he was taking the toddler on a hike.
After his wife learned where they were, she rushed to a parking lot along the Appalachian Trail where she found Thomson’s car abandoned.
“She contacted the police and reported her son and her husband missing,” Maryland State Police said in a press release. “She expressed her concern because she said her husband has been discouraged lately.”
The police immediately launched a search for the father and son, searching for hours.
At around 3 a.m. on Friday, authorities found the body of Dawson, 2, in a ravine about a mile from the car. An hour later, they found Thomson’s body and a knife at the scene.
Officials said their bodies showed “obvious trauma” and that they were investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. Police did not provide a motive and the family was living together at the time.
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