Annapolis and Baltimore Police are jointly investigating the fatal shooting of a Baltimore man who had been reported kidnapped hours earlier.

Baltimore police officers responded to a report of a home invasion in the Southwest District at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, police said in a tweet Thursday night. Police said a woman told officers that two unidentified men had broken into her house, demanded money and claimed to be holding her son, David Winchester Jr.

“They threatened to harm him if the money was not handed over,” Baltimore police said. The men left without the money in an unspecified vehicle.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Annapolis police said, officers were dispatched to a wooded area in the 900 block of Spa Road, where they found a dead man. They determined the death was suspicious.

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The victim was identified as the 47-year-old Winchester, of Baltimore, according to Annapolis police.

“At this time it appears Mr. Winchester was abducted by unknown suspects in Baltimore on March 28th,” Annapolis police said in a news release. “Annapolis Police detectives are working with Baltimore Police detectives to investigate this death.”

The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine a cause and manner of death.

Capt. Lamar Howard of the Annapolis Police Department said in an email late Saturday, “Mr. Winchester’s death was ruled a homicide by shooting.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Annapolis Police at 410-260-3439 or Baltimore Police at 410-396-2100. Tips may also be left with Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or its website.

Norm Gomlak is a local news editor at The Baltimore Banner. He currently works with reporters covering public education, immigration, diversity and other topics. He has worked as both an editor and reporter, serving most recently as deputy metro editor of the Houston Chronicle. He also worked as an editor at the Baltimore Sun from 2002 to 2008.

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