Update: Detectives Continue to Investigate Death of Bethesda Teenager

Update: December 15, 2017 – The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore has ruled Navid Sepehri’s death as accidental.  The cause of his death was due to acute alcohol intoxication complicated by drowning and hypothermia.

Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division detectives continue to investigate the death of 17-year-old Navid Nicholas Sepehri of Radnor Road in Bethesda.  At this time, there is no indication of foul play involved in Sepehri’s death.

During this investigation, detectives learned that 2nd District (Bethesda) officers responded to the report of a possible underage drinking party and disorderly persons outside of a residence in the 6500 block of Elgin Lane in Bethesda on Saturday, December 9 at approximately 10:30 p.m.  This call for service was captured on officers’ body-worn cameras.

When patrol officers responded to Elgin Lane, they observed a group of approximately six males, who appeared to be juveniles, standing in the roadway.  Some of those juveniles ran away as the officers approached them.  Officers interacted with the males who remained; one of whom was later identified as Sepehri.

At least one of the juveniles stated that there had been a party at a nearby residence and when the adult homeowners (parents) of the residence realized that uninvited guests had brought alcohol to the party, the parents asked everyone to phone their parents for rides home and to leave.  The juveniles explained to officers that they were now waiting for their parents to come and pick them up.

Officers recognized that Sepehri may have been under the influence and confirmed with the juveniles that Sepehri would leave when the juveniles left.  Officers determined that there were no applicable criminal or civil charges to be placed against the juveniles they had encountered and the officers then went to speak with the adults of the home.

The adult male resident of the home where the party had been held was standing in front of his home.  Officers spoke with him, and he confirmed what the juveniles had stated – that uninvited teenagers, most of whom he believed likely learned about the party via social media, had come to the home and when he and the adult female learned that alcohol was present at the party, told everyone to call their parents for a ride and to leave.  Officers walked with the male to the back of the home where it appeared the party, in part, had taken place.  At that time, the adult female exited the home and also engaged in conversation with officers.  The officers did not observe any evidence of an ongoing party.

During the investigation, detectives also determined that Sepehri’s father had come to the 2nd District station on Sunday, December 10, at approximately 3:23 a.m. regarding his son not coming home Saturday night.  An officer and Mr. Sepehri conversed. There was no missing person report taken at that time.

At approximately 12:46 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, officers took a missing person report for Sepehri.  A police search was initiated, aided by cell phone information for Sepehri’s phone provided by his family.  During the search, at approximately 4:58 p.m., Sepehri was located deceased in a wooded area in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane.  He was found in a stream in a ravine.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of Sepehri’s death.

This remains an ongoing death investigation.  There are additional details of this death investigation that cannot be confirmed at this time.  Anyone with information who has not spoken with detectives is urged to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Concern for Missing Potomac Area Woman

Nancy Dietrich Lux

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Potomac area woman.

Nancy Dietrich Lux, age 44, left her Autumnwood Way residence on Friday, December 8 and did not return home.  Family last had contact with Mrs. Lux on Saturday, December 9, when she left a message on a family member’s telephone.  Family members have not had contact with her since that time.  Family members reported that when Lux left her home she was driving a dark gray 2010 Nissan Altima with Maryland tags: 6CW0960.

Lux is described as a white female, approximately 5’ 9” tall and weighs 140 pounds.  She has long blonde hair and brown eyes.  Lux was last seen wearing a gray jacket over a black sweater, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

Mrs. Lux is without her medication and police and family are concerned for her welfare.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Nancy Dietrich Lux to call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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Holiday Alcohol Task Force – Week 4

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

  • During this past week’s Task Force (December 6 to December 9), task force officers arrested 26 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI

 

  • During the past 4 weeks of the Alcohol Holiday Task Force, task force officers have arrested 112 people for DUI.

It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher.

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Police Conduct Death Investigation in Bethesda

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of a 17-year-old male who was found deceased today in a wooded area in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane in Bethesda.

The male, identified as Navid Nicholas Sepehri of Radnor Road in Bethesda, was reported as a missing person to the police department after he did not return home last night.  Sepehri was located deceased during a search for him.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.

This is an ongoing death investigation.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Concern for Missing Woman

Kristin Danielle Bessix

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Cold Case/Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman.

Kristin Danielle Bessix, age 36, was last seen by friends on November 9 in the area of Castle Boulevard in Burtonsville where she is known to stay.  Family and friends have been unable to contact her since that time.  On November 22, family members reported Bessix as a missing person to police.

Bessex is described as an African American female, approximately 5’ 7” tall and weighs 225 pounds.  She has red hair with long braids and brown eyes.  Bessex has a large tattoo on her upper chest area.

Police and family are concerned for Bessix’s welfare.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Kristin Danielle Bessix to call the Montgomery County Police Department’s non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

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