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The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent Tuesday morning murder-suicide in Owings that claimed three lives a 2-year-old child and two adults.
According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, the sheriff’s office’s Special Operations Team, the Calvert Investigative Team, the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office and Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack troopers responded at 8:26 a.m. Tuesday morning to a home in the 1800 block of Candlelight Court in Owings for a domestic disturbance.
Sheriff Mike Evans said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that when they arrived, SOT members found “no sign of movement in the house” and a witness had said that someone inside the house had a gun. Evans said SOT members decided to enter the house and discovered the house was on fire.
SOT members continued into the house, Evans said, where they found Frank Hayward Jr., 32, his wife Cynthia, 31, and their 2-year-old daughter, Natalee, dead on the first floor of the home. Frank Hayward III, 12, was found alive and was suffering from cuts to his neck and severe burns, Evans said. The boy was flown by MSP helicopter to a hospital, where at 1 p.m. he was reported to be “doing pretty well,” Evans said.
“By all accounts, this was a domestic situation but it’s still under investigation,” Evans said. “However, it does appear to be a homicide-suicide committed by the 32-year-old male [Frank Hayward Jr.], who we believe took his own life.”
As of press time, detectives were still conducting their investigation and did not know how the three victims died. Evans said SOT members did not hear gunshots but did find a handgun inside the home.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” Evans said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to [the family]. ... We’ll investigate this case to get all the facts of exactly what happened.”
Neighbor Patrick Davis said he was outside working in his yard when “all this was going on.” Davis said he walked around to the front of the house and saw officers in “various driveways.”
“Next thing I know, the armored vehicle pulled up and there was tons of police activity,” Davis said, adding that once the police went inside the home, Davis said he could smell smoke.
Davis said he did not know the Hayward family all that well, but he thought they were a nice family.
“I’ve only talked to Frank [Hayward Jr.] a few times, but he was a really nice guy,” Davis said.