Gaithersburg Police Seek Missing 86-Year-Old

The Gaithersburg Police Department is attempting to locate Russel Dickey Brown, 86 years old, of the 400 block of Gaither Street in Gaithersburg.  Brown has been missing from his residence since approximately 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Russel Brown is described as 5’11”-6’1″ tall and weighing between 150-180 pounds.  He has white or gray hair and has a mole on his right temple. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  Russel Brown suffers from Dementia.

Brown was last seen driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima with Maryland tag KGC048. One of the car doors has a dent .  Mr. Brown has family in Boonsboro, Mt. Airy, and Baltimore and investigators believe he could be in one of those areas. He is also known to frequent the Walnut Hill Shopping Center in Gaithersburg.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Russel Dickey Brown is asked to call police immediately.  Callers may remain anonymous.

New 3rd District Police Station Groundbreaking – Chief Manger and County Executive Leggett to Attend

Chief Tom Manger and County Executive Isiah Leggett will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 3rd District police station today at 1:30 p.m.  The facility is scheduled to open in 2013 and will replace the current 50-year-old police station on Sligo Avenue.  Also attending the event will be Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin, Maryland Delegate Thomas Hucker, and Department of General Services Director David Dise.

The tented event will be held at the construction site located at 1002 Milestone Drive in Silver Spring

Directions: Take the I-495 inner loop toward Baltimore/Silver Spring.  Take exit 30A toward Columbia to US 29 N.  Merge onto MD 650 N/New Hampshire Avenue. Turn right on Heartfields Drive (next to the White Oak Library), make the first right onto Sherbrooke Woods Lane then a right onto Milestone Drive.  Follow Milestone Drive around to the event site on the right.  Parking will be directed by police.

Update: Driver Identified in Fatal Motorcycle Collision

Detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are continuing to investigate a fatal motorcycle collision that occurred on July 12th in Montgomery Village.

The operator of the motorcycle involved in this collision has been identified as Nathaniel Eugene Bright, age 46, of the 20500 block of Strath Haven Drive in Montgomery Village.

The circumstances surrounding this collision remain under investigation.  Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed this fatal collision to contact the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 301-840-2435.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Retired Montgomery County Police Officer Honored by the County’s Commission for Women

The Montgomery County Commission for Women (CFW) celebrated its 40th anniversary by honoring 10 distinguished Montgomery County women to include the first woman to be named Police Officer of the Year in Montgomery County, Ingrid U. McKee.  The ceremony was held on July 11 at the Rockville Hilton Hotel.

Retired Sergeant McKee joined the Department in 1966.  At that time, women did not work as uniformed officers on patrol.  She was assigned to the Department’s Youth Division where she worked with neglected and molested children, juvenile delinquents, and runaways.  In 1971, McKee, working as an undercover detective, helped to break up a prostitution ring in Silver Spring.  The illegal organization was preying on emotionally and financially vulnerable women.  It was this undercover work that led her to be named “Policeman of the Year” by the Knights of Columbus.

In 1972, women could become uniformed officers, and McKee became the first criminal investigator in the Department.  She was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1980 and worked in both the Police Training Academy and again in the Youth Division.  She helped establish a team of investigators who focused on child sexual abuse cases and a section in the Youth Division that specifically investigated pedophiles.  She retired from the Department in 1986.

Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger represented retired Sergeant McKee who was unable to attend the ceremony but provided her thoughts in a letter that was read at the ceremony.  She said, “I absolutely loved my 20 years with the Police Department. It was a career that perfectly coincided with the core beliefs of justice, empathy, and compassion, which I developed at a very young age while living in displaced persons camps in Germany. These basic tenets were further developed and served me well throughout my service in the department as well as in my life in general. Therefore, I am especially grateful for this honor. I accept it as an affirmation of being able to provide other women the support and advocacy which have been such great benefit to me.”

Update: Green Farm Conservation Park Rape

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section are continuing to investigate a rape that occurred on July 9 in the Green Farm Conservation Park.

This morning, 6th District officers and detectives distributed fliers to the businesses and residential communities that border the park (see map).  Between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., fliers were distributed to the drivers of all vehicles traveling on Rickenbacker Road and Airpark Drive from Woodfield Road.

Detectives are seeking the community’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this incident.  The suspect is described as:

  • a Hispanic male
  • late teens to early twenties
  • between 5′ 4″ – 5′ 7″ tall
  • between 120-140 pounds
  • wearing a black knit hat, olive green cloth covering his face, dark-colored shirt, and blue jeans
  • had a strong odor of cologne
  • armed with a knife

Anyone with information about this sexual assault is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.