Concern for Missing Olney Area Man

UPDATE: 9/24/17, 4:00 a.m. – Mr. Peterson has been located safe and unharmed.  Thank you to everyone who shared this missing person case.


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department- 4th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Olney area man.

John Svend Roche Peterson, age 25, of the 16700 block of Cashell Road, was last seen on foot in the area of the 16600 block of Cutlass Drive at approximately 5:30 p.m. today. Peterson is described as a white male, approximately 5’09″ tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

Police and family are concerned for Peterson’s physical and emotional welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Svend Roche Peterson is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.


John Svend Roche Peterson

MCP to Conduct Two Sobriety Checkpoints Tonight – Always Choose a Sober Driver

The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, September 22, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting two sobriety checkpoints in the County.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact locations of the checkpoints will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoints

Where: Undisclosed Locations

When: Tonight – Friday, September 22 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

**The media is encouraged to attend.  Please contact the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 (option 4) for more information.**




Update: Continuing Investigation To Identify Wheaton Regional Park Homicide Victim; Photos Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of a male whose body was located on Tuesday, September 5 in Wheaton Regional Park located at 11715 Orebaugh Avenue in Wheaton.

Investigators continue to ask for the public’s help in identifying the victim and today are releasing photographs of some of the victim’s clothing and personal items that were recovered from his body.  Investigators believe the following:

The victim was a Hispanic male, who was approximately 5’2″ tall and weighed approximately 126 pounds.  He had short, dark brown hair.  He had a missing lower tooth that may have been evident when he was speaking or smiling.

Detectives believe the victim may have been killed between December 2016 and March 2017 and that he was possibly from Annapolis.

He was wearing a men’s size large, gray sweatshirt, with the words, “First United Methodist Church Laurel” written on the left chest of the sweatshirt (see photos):

Victim’s Sweatshirt

Magnified Methodist Church Logo

Sweatshirt with Logo Positioning





















Under the sweatshirt he was wearing a men’s size large, gray, hooded, long-sleeve shirt.  The brand was American Eagle.

He was wearing men’s size medium, black sweatpants. The brand was Adam Levine.

Under the sweatpants he was wearing men’s size large blue, athletic shorts with the number “19” on the left side of the shorts.  The two photographs include the actual shorts that he was wearing and a depiction of how they may have appeared before his death (see photos):

Victim’s Shorts

Shorts Representation

















This rosary or necklace was recovered with his body:






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This remains an ongoing investigation.  Additional information will be released as it is confirmed.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide or the victim is urged to contact the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters will remain anonymous.


Briggs Chaney Area Deaths Investigated as a Murder-Suicide

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating two deaths that occurred in the Briggs Chaney area as a murder-suicide.

On Saturday, September 16 at approximately 9:07 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a home in the 2900 block of Shepperton Terrace for the report of a domestic-related assault that had just occurred.  Upon entering the residence, first responders located the victim, identified as Rosa Melida Contreras, age 50, of the Shepperton Terrace address, in a bedroom suffering from life-threatening-injuries received during the assault.  Contreras was transported a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Officers located the suspect, identified as Genaro Cruz Ramos, age 48, of an unconfirmed address, deceased behind the home.  He was found hanging from a rope tied to a tree.  Officers attempted lifesaving measures on Ramos but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.  His death has been ruled a suicide.

Contreras succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on Wednesday, September 20.

The investigation by detectives has determined that Contreras and Ramos were believed to have been involved in a romantic relationship for approximately 8 years but had recently separated.  On the evening of September 16, Ramos arrived at the home where an argument between Ramos and Contreras ensued.  Ramos assaulted Contreras with a hammer and was last seen by a family member, who was in the home at the time of the assault, fleeing from the home with a rope in his hand.

Anyone with information about this murder-suicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5050.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Concern for Missing Kentlands Area Woman

Roxanna Jo Johnson

Update: September 22, 2017 – Roxanna Jo Johnson has been located safe and unharmed.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 6th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Kentlands area woman.

Roxanna Jo Johnson, age 72, was last seen by an employee at her senior living apartment located on Booth Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19.  Family members have been unable to contact her since that time.  Ms. Johnson is familiar with public transportation and is known to frequent the shopping area in the Kentlands.

Roxanna Jo Johnson is described as a white female who is 5’ 3” tall and weighs 160 pounds.  She has brown hair and brown eyes.

Ms. Johnson is without her medication and police and family are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roxanna Jo Johnson is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.