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64-year-old man charged with murder after wife found dead in home during welfare check

Ernest Hayden is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, 60-year-old Pauline Hayden.

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Prince George's County Police Department is investigating a domestic homicide after a woman was found dead in a home Sunday morning.

Police responded to a call for a welfare check around 11:30 a.m. at the 2000 block of Amherst Road, near the "unincorporated" part of Hyattsville.

When officers went inside the residence, they located 60-year-old Pauline Hayden suffering from trauma to the body. According to police, Hayden was pronounced dead at the location.

Police charged her husband, 64-year-old Ernest Hayden, with first degree murder and several other related charges. He is being held in Washington, D.C. pending extradition to Prince George’s County. 

The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 301-516-2512.  

This is the second homicide investigation this week. On Thursday, officers responded to the 3200 block of 75th avenue for a welfare check. Upon arrival, they found a man suffering from trauma to the body, according to authorities.  

The case is being investigated as a homicide. Detectives are working to establish a motive and suspect in the case. Police said they do not believe this was a random incident, but could not yet elaborate.

Anyone with information is urged to call PG Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or submit your tip using the P3 Tips app.

This is a developing story. WUSA9 is working to confirm additional details. Stay with WUSA9 for the latest updates as they come in to our newsroom.


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