The president of the Young Democrats of Maryland, Joseph Kitchen, was found dead Sunday afternoon after being reported missing for several days, according to Twitter posts from party accounts and his brother.
Kitchen’s brother tweeted Sunday night that the family was told just before 2:30 p.m. that his body was found at his home in Washington, D.C. On social media, the Maryland Democratic Party and the Young Democrats confirmed the death. The party Tweeted that Kitchen had a “kind heart that has impacted so many.”
The police department said that the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department is handling the death investigation. Metropolitan police officials said they were called to the scene at about 4 p.m. Sunday to assist an agency that had been conducting a welfare check. The building manager let officials into Kitchen’s residence, according to a police report, and they discovered him “unconscious and not breathing.”
The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Monday afternoon that the investigation into Kitchen’s cause of death is “still pending.”