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Man who lived with mother charged with murder after police find body in bathtub

Man who lived with mother charged with murder after police find body in bathtub

The cause and manner of Gentry’s death are currently pending autopsy results.

A man who lived with his mother allegedly killed her and left her body in the bathtub in their shared home, police say.

Jeremy Gentry, a 48-year-old man from Fruitland, Maryland, has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment after Beatrice Kay Gentry, 68, was found dead in their home on the 200 block of Sand Castle Boulevard, according to Maryland State Police.

Police were first notified of the incident shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday when Fruitland police and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the home for a report of “an unconscious female,” according to Maryland State Police.

“Upon entering the home, police and paramedics found an unconscious female in the bathtub,” authorities said. “EMS personnel pronounced her deceased at the scene. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was subsequently requested by the Fruitland Police Department to take over the investigation.”

The deceased was subsequently identified as Beatrice Kay Gentry, who shared the home with her son, Jeremy Gentry, police said.

The cause and manner of Gentry’s death are currently pending autopsy results and police have not released a possible motive for her alleged murder.

“Maryland State Police forensic crime scene officers examined the crime scene for evidence,” authorities said. “Further investigative efforts identified Jeremy Gentry as a suspect. Subsequent consultation with the Wicomico County Prosecutor’s Office led to State Police investigators obtaining an arrest warrant for Jeremy Gentry.”

Police say Gentry was arrested without incident Monday morning.

Gentry is currently awaiting a hearing before a Wicomico County District Court Commissioner while an investigation into the alleged murder is conducted by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Snow Hill Police Department and Fruitland Police Department.

The investigation into Gentry’s death is currently ongoing.