Joseph Kitchen, the president of the Young Democrats of Maryland who had been missing for over a week, was found dead in Washington D.C., just as the Democratic National Convention begins.
Prince George’s County police announced the death of Kitchen, 34, on Sunday night, a day after the department asked for the public’s help in locating him. Kitchen had last been seen Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Maryland, about 37 miles east of Washington.
“With a heavy heart, we are sad to say that Joseph Kitchen has passed,” the Maryland Democratic Party tweeted. “Joseph Kitchen was the President of the Young Democrats of Maryland. A kind heart that has impacted so many. Rest in peace, Joseph Kitchen.”
With a heavy heart, we are sad to say that Joseph Kitchen has passed.
Joseph Kitchen was the President of the Young Democrats of Maryland. A kind heart that has impacted so many.
Rest in peace, Joseph Kitchen. pic.twitter.com/VapF0cH4SJ
— Maryland Democratic Party (@mddems) August 16, 2020
In addition to his work at the Young Democrats, Kitchen worked as director of outreach and volunteerism at the Washington School for Girls in the southeast of the capital.
The police have given no details of the circumstances of his death.