Update: Death in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park Ruled a Homicide

crime alertDetectives from the Montgomery County Police Department-Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the discovery of human remains found in the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park in Gaithersburg. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled this death a homicide due to trauma to the upper torso of the victim.

On Saturday, August 29, at approximately 10:40 a.m., 6th District officers responded to Great Seneca Stream Valley Park to assist officers from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division, after human remains were found by individuals participating in a managed hunt in the park.

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

Today, those results were released by the OCME who 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.

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.

RLG