No charges in death of Hampstead woman who died in snowstorm
Jan 26, 2017 at 10:11 PM
There will be no charges in the death of Amy Metz, of Hampstead, according to a news release from the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office.
A Carroll grand jury, "after a careful consideration of the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Amy Metz of Hampstead," determined on Jan. 19 there was an insufficient factual basis to file any criminal charges, said the Jan. 26 release.
On Jan. 24, 2016, in the early morning hours, Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Wellesley Court in Hampstead in the midst of a snowstorm.
After responding to the location, sheriff's deputies located Metz unresponsive in the snow outside of a house in the 800 block of Wellesley Court. She was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy was performed. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death undetermined.
"Over the last year, the circumstances surrounding Amy Metz's death were thoroughly investigated by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and then diligently presented by my office to the Carroll County Grand Jury. We are certainly in agreement with the decision made by the Grand Jury at this time," stated Brian DeLeonardo, state's attorney for Carroll County. DeLeonardo further commented that "everyone involved in this investigation recognizes that the death of Amy Metz was a tragic loss to her friends and family, and we continue to offer our sincere sympathies."
Said Sheriff Jim DeWees, via text: "The only thing I would comment is to praise my deputies for the thoroughness of the investigation under difficult circumstances (blizzard conditions). My office and the State's Attorneys Office worked dillegently to investigate and present the case to the Grand jury. I support and respect the grand jury's decsion."
A statement issued on behalf of Metz's parents, brothers, sisters and their spouses was emailed to the Times on Thursday night.
"Amy's tragic death occurred a little more than 1-year ago, and we continue to grieve her death as well as celebrate her short, but remarkable life. We think of her every day and miss her smile, laughter, and infectious spirit," the statement reads.
"For reasons still unknown to us, Amy's cause of death has not been determined, and although it is deeply troubling that it remains unresolved, we are united in our belief that everyone with Amy that night cared for her and did everything possible to prevent her shocking death.