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Police are working on a possible motive in a suspected murder-suicide after finding two bodies dead of gunshot wounds at a home in Hughesville on Wednesday.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 11:45 a.m. July 16, officers were called to the 6900 block of Wood Glen Drive after the homeowner discovered his son, Damian Harley, 37, inside the house, dead.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Thursday morning that the father and his family had just returned from a vacation when they noticed a door to the house was open. The father instructed his family to stay outside as he went in. Richardson said the father found his son in a bedroom with a gunshot wound. She said the father went outside and called the police.
When officers arrived they confirmed Harley was dead, and detectives then discovered Harley’s wife, Ammah Harley, 33, on the floor between a bed and a wall, also with a fatal gunshot wound. Officers believe that Damian Harley shot the woman and then shot himself.
Richardson said officers recovered a “long gun” from the scene.
“Right now it looks like it could be a murder-suicide,” Richardson said, adding that it’s too early in the investigation to be certain.
Richardson said Thursday that “it doesn’t appear anyone else was involved in the case.”
Richardson said as of Thursday morning “detectives have established a possible motive but cannot comment any further at this time.”
According to her Facebook page, Ammah Harley was a medical sonographer.
Richardson said Damian and Ammah Harley did not live at the house where they were found. She said officers heard the man had lived there before, but it was not his current residence.