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Homeless deaths now stand at three

homeless deathsWaldorf, MD - Two people discovered dead in a homeless camp in Charles County Tuesday, April 4 have been identified.

Officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wooded area in the 11100 block of Billingsley Road in Waldorf around 3:58 p.m. for the report of two people found deceased inside a tent.

A preliminary investigation showed a family member went to check on the two people—Victoria Nicole Crossley, 31 of Waldorf, and Andrew Charles Boyle Jr., 31 of no fixed address—who were known to live in the tent periodically. When the family member looked inside the tent, it was apparent both Crossley and Boyle were deceased.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division responded and found evidence of narcotic use on the scene.

There were no signs of trauma to either person and foul play is not suspected at this time. Detective C. Shankster and Detective R. Forbes are investigating.

“Drug-related or non-drug related, people are still living outside,” said Sandy Washington, director of Lifestyles of Southern Maryland in La Plata. “Mental illness, substance abuse, these things have become a problem in our community. There is not enough help for them,” she added.

“Something has to change,” she said.

Washington noted these were the second and third deaths in three weeks.

“Two weeks ago a body was found in La Plata and that death was weather-related,” she explained. “There are so many issues in our community. Whether this activity was taking place in a tent or in a house, there are not enough avenues, not enough help for these people.”

Contact Joseph Norris at joe.norris@thebaynet.com

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