Update: Gaithersburg Lake Drowning Victim Identified; Death Ruled as Accidental

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have been investigating a drowning that occurred on June 17 in Maple Lake.

The victim is identified as Kodjo Jean-Claude Ayewou, age 14, of Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg.  An autopsy that was completed in Baltimore by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause and manner of death to be an accidental drowning.

On June 17 at approximately 5:08 p.m., 6th District officers responded to Maple Lake (near Washington Grove Lane) in Gaithersburg, after a groundskeeper located personal belongings near the lake.

The Department requested the assistance of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue to search the pond.  Howard County Fire and Rescue, the Montgomery County Police Managed Search Operations Team, and Gaithersburg City Police officers assisted with this search.  Rescue personnel found and recovered Ayewou’s body in the water.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Update: Victim in Sandy Spring Area Suspicious Death Identified

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshall’s Office continue to conduct a joint vehicle fire and death investigation that occurred on June 17 in the 1300 block of Excaliber Lane.

Today, detectives are releasing identity of the victim.  She is identified as Andrea Mion Hawvermale, age 56, from the 1300 block of Excaliber Lane in Sandy Spring.  The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore conducted an autopsy to determine Hawvermale’s manner and cause of death.  The results of that autopsy are pending.

On Saturday, June 17 at approximately 8:38, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center received a call for a vehicle fire on the property of a residence in the 1300 block of Excaliber Lane in Sandy Spring.

Fire & Rescue personnel and 4th District officers responded to the area and located Hawvermale deceased in the vehicle. Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and are currently investigating this as a suspicious death.

Because this investigation is ongoing, no additional details can be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

Anyone with information in reference to this suspicious death is asked to call the 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 an arrest in this case.

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Detectives Investigate Possible Drowning in a Gaithersburg Lake

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a possible drowning in a Gaithersburg lake.

Yesterday evening at approximately 5:08 p.m., 6th District officers responded to Maple Lake (near Washington Grove Lane) in Gaithersburg, after a groundskeeper located personal belongings near the lake.

The Department requested the assistance of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue to search the pond.  Howard County Fire and Rescue, the Montgomery County Police Managed Search Operations Team, and Gaithersburg City Police officers assisted with this search.  Rescue personnel found and recovered a body in the water.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no indication of foul play in this death.  The Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore will determine the cause of death and assist in confirming the identity of this person.  The Department will release this information once the Medical Examiner’s Office findings are complete.

The Department did not receive any calls regarding a person entering the water at this location and investigators have not located any potential witnesses to this possible drowning.  Anyone with information about this death is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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Police Investigate Death in Sandy Spring Area as Suspicious

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division and investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting a joint vehicle fire and death investigation.

This morning at approximately 8:38, the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center received a call for a vehicle fire on the property of a residence in the 1300 block of Excaliber Lane in Sandy Spring.

Fire & Rescue personnel and 4th District officers responded to the area and located a deceased person in the vehicle. Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene and are currently investigating this as a suspicious death.

Because this investigation is ongoing, no additional details can be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this death is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

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Update: Rocky Gorge Drowning Victim Identified; Death Ruled as Accidental

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division have been investigating the June 13 death of a young man that occurred at the Rocky Gorge Reservoir located on the Patuxent River.

The victim is identified as Douglas Alex Merino, age 20 from the 500 block of Summit Hall Road in Gaithersburg. An autopsy that was completed in Baltimore by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause and manner of death to be an accidental drowning.

On June 13, police and fire and rescue personnel were notified by a call to the Montgomery County 911 emergency call center at approximately 4:44 p.m. for a possible drowning.

The initial emergency response was a rescue mission coordinated by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, Howard County Fire and Rescue, and the Natural Resources Police. At approximately 6:05 p.m., the rescue personnel found and recovered Merino’s body in the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation by Montgomery County police detectives developed that Merino and two friends went to the Rocky Gorge Reservoir to fish. Merino entered the water to swim and was observed struggling in the water before going under. The victim’s friends called 9-1-1.

Public Safety responders offer the following important reminders:

Swimming in lakes, rivers, or other natural bodies of water should only occur at a designated swimming area that is protected by lifeguards.

Always respect signs posted at natural bodies of water prohibiting bathing, wading or swimming. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission notes on its website that these are prohibited activities at the Rocky Gorge Reservoir. These activities are also prohibited in the Potomac River at Great Falls Park in Maryland and Virginia.

If you have not seen a sign or a designated swimming area, always assume that any natural body of water is too dangerous for bathing, wading or swimming. Swimming in a natural body of water is different from swimming in a pool. Particularly for a novice swimmer, but even for an experienced swimmer, more skills and energy are required for natural water environments because there are:

  • Fast-moving currents, waves and rapids, even in shallow water
  • Hazards, such as dams, underwater obstacles, or rocks or debris moving on the surface or along the bottom of the water
  • Sudden drop-offs that change water depths
  • Aquatic life, such as vegetation that could entangle feet and arms
  • Conditions can change quickly

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