UPDATED at 2:20 pm, Feb 27, 2018.
Montgomery County Police confirmed that they are investigating the circumstances of human remains found in Germantown last evening.
Police said that passersby had found bones in the area of Great Seneca Creek State Park just south of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission nearby to Great Seneca Creek. The passersby reported the find to police at about 4:45 pm Monday evening. Police investigators determined the remains to be human, said police.
In a release sent out at 2:15 pm on Tuesday, police said that the remains were skeletal in nature which would indicate that they had been there for some time.
Police also said that the initial investigation has revealed that the remains were not concealed nor located in any type of grave and there were no obvious signs of trauma to the remains.
Detectives from the major crimes unit and an MCPD Emergency Services Unit were seen parked along the southbound lanes of Great Seneca Highway Monday evening.
Police did not release any more information regarding the number of bodies, or information about the age or sex of the remains. Montgomery County Police did not provide any more details about the crime scene, other than to say that the remains were found in a field area.
An autopsy will be completed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to determine the identity and cause and manner of death of the decedent..
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Police said that more details will be released as they become available.
Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
Caption: MCPD detectives were parked in the southbound lanes Great Seneca Highway Monday night as they worked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the human remains reported to police by a passerby earlier Monday evening.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Editors Note: In the last paragraph the word body was replaced with remains after initial publication to avoid confusion.