Man's body found

Sgt. Stuart Lodge of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, left, and PFC Martin Heinefield of the Chestertown Police Department on Monday, Nov. 30 responded to the Washington Square shopping center after a man’s body was located in the brush nearby.

CHESTERTOWN — Police here say there is no apparent sign of foul play in the death of a man whose body was recovered Monday morning, Nov. 30 in the brush between the stormwater management pond and the CNB bank branch in the Washington Square shopping center.

Robert Kevin Donovan, 58, of Chestertown, appears to have died by natural causes, possibly due to a medical condition or related to the cold and damp weather over the weekend, Sgt. Stuart Lodge of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Lodge was the lead investigator when Donovan was reported missing Saturday.

PFC Marty Heinefield of the Chestertown Police Department caught the case Monday when 911 dispatchers received a call at 11:18 a.m. reporting an “obvious death” of a man.

A forensic investigator with the state coroner’s office also responded and processed the scene.

Donovan’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, where an autopsy will be conducted.

As is routine for an unattended death, the autopsy will include toxicology tests for drugs and alcohol. Results will not be available for several weeks.

There were no obvious signs of trauma to Donovan’s body. Preliminarily, his death did not appear to be a homicide or a suicide, said Lodge.

Police identified Donovan as someone who was receiving services through Crossroads Community Inc., a mental health recovery program that has a presence in Kent and four other counties on the Mid-Shore.

Citing the confidentiality of personal medical records safeguarded by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a spokesperson for Crossroads would not comment on Donovan’s possible association with the agency.

Lodge said his understanding was that Donovan had both medical and mental health issues, and was living voluntarily at a Crossroads site in Chestertown. “He left earlier in the week and when he hadn’t come back in a couple of days, they were concerned enough to report him as missing,” Lodge said Tuesday.

Crossroads staff and residents, actively searching for Donovan throughout the weekend and on Monday were the ones who located his body, Lodge said.

Donovan had no family in the area. A relative in Florida was notified of his death Monday, said Lt. John Dolgos of the Chestertown Police Department.

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