Concern for Missing Cabin John Man

Joshua Hoppel

Joshua Hoppel

Update (03/24/2016, 11:00 a.m.): Joshua Hoppel has been located safe and unharmed. The Department thanks the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the 2nd District Investigative Section are asking the public’s help to locate a missing 20-year-old male from Cabin John.

Joshua Hoppel left his residence in the unit block of Webb Road in Cabin John at approximately 3:50 p.m. yesterday afternoon.  At that time he was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and driving a silver 2004 Toyota Corolla with Maryland tags: 1AX6530.

Hoopel is described as a white male, 6′ 2″ tall, and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Police and family are concerned for his physical welfare.  Anyone with information regarding Joshua Hoopel’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 301-279-8000.

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Locate Teen Missing from Bethesda

Srivarnika Uma Varanda

Srivarnika Uma Varanda

Update (03/31/2016, 11:00 a.m.): Srivarnika “Uma” Varanda has been located safe and unharmed. The Department thanks the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division are asking the public for help to locate a missing teen girl.

Srivarnika Uma Varada, who goes by her middle name “Uma,” is 17 years old. She is from the 5100 block of Dudley Lane in Bethesda. She was last seen on Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00 pm. 

She is described as a biracial Asian/Indian female, 5’ tall, weighing 86 pounds, with brown eyes and long black hair. She was last seen wearing a gray fleece shirt, blue jeans, blue tennis shoes, and carrying a North Face backpack. Uma is familiar with public transportation.

Police and family members are concerned for Uma’s emotional and physical welfare due to her age. 

Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Uma Varada is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours). Callers may remain anonymous.

Missing teen Srivarnika "Uma" Varada

Missing teen Srivarnika “Uma” Varada

 

 

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Police Seek Public’s Help to Locate Missing Gaithersburg Man

Steven Luedtke

Steven Luedtke

Update (03/23/2016, 5:30 p.m.): Steven Luedtke has been located safe and unharmed. The Department thanks the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 6th District Investigative Section are asking the public for help to locate a 38-year-old man missing from Gaithersburg.

Steven Luedtke was last seen on March 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m. when he was dropped off at the Shady Grove Metro Station in Rockville. When Luedtke did not arrive home in Gaithersburg as expected, police were notified.

Luedtke is described as a white male, 6′ 1″ tall, and weighing approximately 230 pounds. He has blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve thermal shirt, tan khaki pants and eye glasses with dark-colored frames.

He is known to frequent the Greene Turtle Pub and Seibel’s Restaurant in Burtonsville, Giuseppe’s Restaurant in Rockville and metro train stations. He has no access to a vehicle and regularly uses public transportation.

Police and family are concerned for his mental and physical welfare.  Anyone with information regarding Steven Luedtke whereabouts is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Investigation Continues into 1992 Unsolved Homicide of James Essel; Detectives Ask For Public’s Assistance

 

James Essel

James Essel

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Cold Case Squad continue to investigate a homicide that occurred in March of 1992.

On March 22, 1992, police investigation determined that victim James Essel died due to stab wounds that he suffered inside the Sugarloaf Mountain Market located at 23800 Old Hundred Road in Comus.  The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide.  Through the course of the investigation, detectives believed that the murder occurred that same evening between the hours of 5:30 and 6 p.m.

 

Detectives established the following facts during the investigation:

* James Essel was the owner of the Sugarloaf Mountain Market and detectives believed that he was stabbed to death inside the store during an apparent robbery.

* Evidence at the crime scene indicated that Essel struggled with the unknown suspect during the apparent robbery.  Recovered blood evidence supported that the suspect sustained an injury during the struggle.

* Detectives obtained a DNA profile of the suspect’s blood that was left at the scene.  The DNA profile was entered into a national database in 1992 but as of yet, there has been no match.

* A witness observed a black, Pontiac Fiero in the parking lot of the store during the time frame the murder occurred.

* Investigators have reason to believe that the suspect was known to the area and may have been a prior customer to the store.  Detectives also have reason to believe that the suspect possibly smoked Marlboro or Marlboro Light cigarettes.

With the new release of the information available about this unsolved case, detectives are hoping someone may remember something that they did not think was important to report to police in 1992. Anyone with information regarding suspect(s) or any other details that might advance this investigation is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

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Sugarloaf Market

Sugarloaf Market

Example of a Pontiac Fiero (same color, make and model vehicle seen at the Sugarloaf market at the time of the murder)

Example of a Pontiac Fiero (same color, make and model vehicle seen at the Sugarloaf market at the time of the murder)

Blood evidence left by the suspect at the Sugarloaf Market

Blood evidence left by the suspect at the Sugarloaf Market

Blood evidence left by the suspect at the Sugarloaf Market

Blood evidence left by the suspect at the Sugarloaf Market

 

Detectives Investigate Serious Collision in Damascus

MCPSealBestUpdate: March 31, 2016:  Names Released in Damascus Collision

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a serious collision that occurred this afternoon in Damascus.

Today at approximately 1:41 p.m., 5th District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to Ridge Road near Gue Road for the report of a serious collision involving three vehicles.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that a 1994 GMC Sonoma was traveling northbound on Ridge Road when for reasons still under investigation, the Sonoma crossed the center line and collided with a 2015 Ford F-450 which was travelling southbound on Ridge Road.  The Sonoma was then struck by a 2015 tractor trailer that was travelling northbound on Ridge Road.

The driver of the Sonoma, identified as Jason Allen Diggs, age 35, of the 200 block of Hope Circle in Frederick, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Diggs remains in serious condition.

The driver of the F-450, identified as Matthew Vincent Phelan, age 39,  of the 8100 block of Brink Road in Gaithersburg, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Phelan has subsequently been released from the hospital.

The driver of the tractor trailer, identified as Eric Santiago, age 24, of the 1900 block of East Tioga Street in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, was not injured.

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

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