Update: Bethesda Teenager Death Investigation – Additional Information Released

The Montgomery County Police Department continues to investigate the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the accidental death of Navid Sepehri. Since the time of the last departmental update, detectives have worked to collect additional information and confirm answers to questions that community members and family members have asked.

Detectives believe that the bottle of vodka found in Navid’s possession when he was located deceased was purchased from a store outside of Montgomery County. Investigators located two identical, fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s licenses on Navid’s person when he was found. The licenses indicate that Navid was of a legal age to purchase alcohol. Detectives have not determined how Navid obtained the bottle of vodka.

With regard to the home where the Elgin Lane party was held, there is no indication that the homeowners furnished alcohol to the underage attendees. The homeowners stated to responding officers that when it became apparent to them that alcohol had been brought into the party by minors, they told the party goers that no alcohol was allowed. The homeowners then contacted some of the attendees’ parents.  (This interaction between the officers and homeowners was captured on an officer’s body-worn camera).  The homeowners’ statements were supported by at least one of the attendees who came into contact with police (this interaction between police and attendees was also captured on an officer’s body-worn camera) and by the follow-up investigation by detectives. There will be no charges placed against the homeowners as there were no violations of the law observed by officers.

The Department is examining the actions of the police officers who encountered Navid Sepehri outside of a home in the 6500 block of Elgin Lane in Bethesda at approximately 10:30 p.m. on the night of December 9 as well as an officer’s interaction with Mr. Sepehri outside of the Second District Police Station (Bethesda) at approximately 3:30 a.m. on December 10.

The Department is in communication with Navid Sepehri’s family and their counsel to make arrangements for them to view the body-worn camera footage that captured officers speaking with Navid on Elgin Lane.

The death of Navid Sepehri is a tragedy not only for his family and friends but also for the greater community. The investigation into the circumstances of this event remains open. Detectives are asking to speak with anyone who was with Navid at any point on the evening of December 9 and/or the early morning of December 10 or who has information relating to this investigation and who has not already contacted the Department.  Those with information should call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

 

Previous Press Releases:

Update: Detectives Continue to Investigate Death of Bethesda Teenager

Police Conduct Death Investigation in Bethesda

 

Update: Burtonsville Death Investigation; Identity Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the death of an adult female who was found deceased in a pond behind the 14200 block of Ballinger Terrace in Burtonsville.

The decedent has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Kristin Danielle Bessix, age 36. Ms. Bessix was known to stay in the area of Castle Boulevard in Burtonsville.  She was reported as a missing person to police on November 22 and a press release was issued asking for the public’s assistance in locating her and/or information about her whereabouts.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of Bessix’s death. The autopsy findings are pending.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Callers may remain anonymous.

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Detectives Investigate Death in Burtonsville

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of an adult female who was found deceased in a pond this afternoon in Burtonsville.

On Wednesday, January 3 at approximately 3:39 p.m., 3rd District officers responded to a pond behind the 14200 block of Ballinger Terrace for the report of a suspicious situation.  First responders located the remains of an adult female in the pond.

This is an active and ongoing death investigation. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. More details will be released as they become available.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have information regarding this death to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070 or contact Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

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Update: Victim’s Identity Released in Silver Spring Homicide

Detectives with the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the homicide of an 18-year-old male.

Detectives are identifying the victim as Jose Herrera of an unconfirmed address in Silver Spring.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds.

On Sunday, December 24 at 6:31 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 1000 block of Quebec Terrace in Silver Spring for the report of an assault and the sounds of gunshots. First responders located Herrera deceased outside of 1010 Quebec Terrace. He had been shot multiple times.

Patrol officers set up a perimeter in the area. A police K9 also attempted to track the suspect(s) in the area of the shooting. No suspect(s) were located.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide investigation is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

 

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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.