Hughesville man found deceased, the family asks for privacy and rumors to stop

News Release and images courtesy of Charles County Sheriff’s Office and also by David M. Higgins II

UPDATE July 21, 2019: Per the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office(SMCSO) Public Information Office’s Corporal Julie Yingling, the SMCSO will not be releasing any further information regarding the Tippett death. The reason being, they do not release death information on cases regarding medical or non-foul play. The investigation is still open, but at this time do not believe foul play was involved.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office may release information and we will provide that here if they do.


UPDATE July 20, 2019- Ronnie Tippett, the Hughesville man missing for over a week, has been found deceased; a Cousin of Ronnie’s, Chanin Gilroy tells The Southern Maryland Chronicle. She also states that the rumor of Ronnie taking his own life are untrue.

The family of Mr. Tippett messaged the Southern Maryland Chronicle overnight and has asked that the public stop spreading rumors, to respect their privacy, and wait for an official statement from them and/or the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle will provide more information from an official family statement or the Charles County Police later today when it becomes available.


UPDATE 7/17/2019: The brother of Ronnie Tippett; Brett Lagana, contacted the Southern Maryland Chronicle this afternoon and sent us this message:

“It has been confirmed that Ronnie was last seen at the Food Lion in Charlotte Hall at 10:15 pm on July 10th. He has not been seen since then and had not used his bank card since July 10th. We have been searching for him.

Today is one week since he was last seen. He left home with evidence appearing that he was coming right back and never returned. No one has had any contact with him since that date. If anyone could recall seeing him after leaving the Food Lion that would maybe help in some way.”


The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help locating Ronnie David Tippett, 29, of Hughesville who was reported missing on July 13. Tippett was last seen in the area of Mechanicsville.

Family members are concerned for his well-being. Tippett is 5’8”, 200 lbs., and has brown hair, a beard, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a tan-colored “Napoli’s” work-shirt, dark gray sweatpants and brown/orange flip flops.

He may be frequenting the Charlotte Hall, Mechanicsville, Loveville or Newburg areas.

Anyone with information regarding Tippett’s whereabouts is asked to call Det. K. Goddard at (301) 609-6428.