Investigation into missing Frederick County woman leads to murder charge for husband

A Frederick County man is facing murder charges after an investigation into his wife’s disappearance.

The investigation began several days ago after 34-year-old Kathleen Lehan of Middletown was reported missing.

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According to the sheriff’s office, “several inconsistencies” in her husband’s story made them suspicious.

At the same time, dogs, helicopters, and search teams scoured a large area in South Mountain in the area of Reno Monument Road.

Once law enforcement had been granted a search warrant however, they found evidence that led to the arrest of Thomas Lehan on a first-degree murder charge.

Lehan also provided investigators with information that led them to his lat wife’s body in a creek bed off of Burkittsville Road.

“Unfortunately, everybody is under a whole lot of extra stress right now —and it’s sad that this is a small community where everybody is here for everybody so it’s sad that they could not reach out if they needed something, it’s very unfortunate," said Middletown resident Jaime Pryor.

If you have any information that might help the investigation, call (301) 600-1046 or (301) 600-4131.