Update: Resident Identified as Victim in Rockville House Explosion Death Investigation

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division have been conducting a death investigation following a house explosion in Rockville.

On Friday, March 17 at approximately 12:51 a.m., Fire and Rescue personnel and 2nd District police officers responded to a house explosion in the 11400 block of Ashley Drive.

On Saturday, March 18, fire investigators located human remains in the basement of the residence.  The victim’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in Baltimore where an autopsy was conducted.

On Sunday, March 19, the OCME identified the victim as Steven Martin Beck, age 61, the resident of the home.  The OCME ruled the manner of Beck’s death to be suicide and the cause of death a gunshot wound.

A dog was located deceased in close proximity to Beck.  After completion of a necropsy, the dog’s cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound.

The Major Crimes Division continues to work with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Fire Marshals, the Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to determine the circumstances that led to this event.

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