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Medical Examiner Rules Body Found in Park Was A Homicide

Montgomery County Police report that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the death of the body of an adult male found in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park in Germantown to be a homicide due to trauma to the upper torso of the victim.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the discovery of the human remains found on by hunters on Saturday evening.

Police say that two bow hunters participating in the Montgomery County Parks Department’s Managed Deer Hunting Program came upon the body in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park on Saturday night at about 10:40 pm. Detectives decided that it was too dark to conduct a thorough investigation that late at night.

Detectives concluded the on-scene investigation in the park on Sunday, August 30 and the body was transported to The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police reported on Monday afternoon that the results of OCME’s autopsy confirmed the male victim suffered trauma to his upper body. Detectives confirmed that his remains were located in a shallow grave in the park. Detectives are working to confirm the victim’s identity and the length of time he has been deceased.

Police do not believe the public should be alarmed for their safety and have no indication that the park is dangerous. “Investigators have told me that they do not believe that there is cause for alarm from the public that uses the park,” said Capt. Paul Starks, a spokesman for Montgomery County Police at a press briefing on Sunday evening. “There is nothing to indicate that they should stop using that parkland.” On Monday, a police spokesman reiterated that MCPD does not believe that the public is in any danger.

Detectives are urging anyone who has information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here. Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Photos by Germantown Pulse.