Investigators from the Major Crimes Unit of Montgomery County Police and the Montgomery County Office of Fire and Explosive Investigations are investigating an incident which occurred in pre-dawn hours on Wednesday morning across the street from Martin Luther King Middle School in Germantown.
At 4:22 am on Wednesday, March 14, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center received a call for a brush fire in a wooded area located in the 13700 block of Wisteria Drive.
Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the wooded area and located a vehicle on fire. Fire & Rescue personnel extinguished the fire and located a deceased person in the vehicle. Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this death, according to MCPD spokesperson Rebecca Innocenti. Police have not ruled this death a homicide.
The vehicle was located on a service road used to gain access to the CSX railroad tracks which run parallel with Wisteria Drive in that area. The burned vehicle was sitting on the access road low portion of the ravine.
Police did not release any information about victim other than to say the body would be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further investigation.
MCPD Major Crimes is investigating the death, and the FEI office is handling the vehicle fire portion of the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.
As the scene was investigated, MCPD had Wisteria Drive closed between Teakwood Lane and Wanegarden Drive until shortly before noon. While some entrances to the middle school parking lot were inaccessible, the investigation did not affect instruction at the school.
Top: Investigators gather at the top of the ravine to discuss the body found in a burned vehicle off Wisteria Drive in Germantown. The burned vehicle can be seen behind the MCPD detective vehicle.
Next: Police and fire investigators worked the scene for about eight hours on Wednesday, March 14 after it was initially reported as a brush fire at 4:22 am.
Next: Wisteria Drive was closed to traffic while detectives collected evidence at the scene.
Photos by Germantown Pulse