Concern for Missing Germantown Man

Michael Lewis Digenova

UPDATE: February 20 at 10:30 a.m.- Michael Lewis Digenova has been located safe and unharmed.  The police and family thank the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 5th District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Germantown man.

Michael Lewis Digenova, age 22, from Jamieson Place in Germantown, was last seen by friends at approximately 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, when he boarded a Metro Red Line train at the Grosvenor Metro Station located at 10300 Rockville Pike in Bethesda.  The Metro Red Line train that Mr. Digenova was traveling on was headed toward the Shady Grove Metro Station, which is located at 15903 Somerville Drive in Rockville.   Mr. Digenova is familiar with public transportation and although he is an adult, he functions at the level of a 7th grader.

Michael Lewis Digenova is described as an African American male, 5’9” tall and weighing 140 pounds.  He has black hair, brown eyes, and wears glasses.  Mr. Digenova was last seen wearing a black hat, a gray T-shirt with the Baltimore Ravens logo on it, gray jeans, and black shoes.

Police and family members are concerned for Michael Digenova’s welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Lewis Digenova is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).  Callers may remain anonymous.

RLG

MCP Cruiser Struck By Drunk Driver While Officer Responding To Collision

Yesterday (Saturday, February 18) at approximately 6:30 p.m., 4th District officers were dispatched to the report of a collision in the area of New Hampshire Avenue and Spencerville Road in the Colesville area.  Officer Matthew Runkles, the first officer to arrive in the area, located the collision on Norbeck Road (Route 28) at Llewellyn Manor Way.

Officer Runkles observed that one of the vehicles that had been involved in the collision was disabled in the roadway and activated his patrol car’s emergency lights.  He stopped his marked patrol cruiser behind the vehicle.  The officer unbuckled his seat belt and was about to exit his cruiser when a 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 traveling west on Norbeck Road rear-ended the MCP cruiser.  The Mercedes-Benz then swerved around the cruiser and came to a stop.  Officer Runkles, a ten-year veteran of the Police Department, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The driver of the striking vehicle was identified as Morris Moody, age of 65, of Deer Valley Terrace in Silver Spring.  He was arrested and charged by MCP officers for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and additional traffic offenses. Moody consented to a breath test which indicated a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of (.17).  The legal BAC limit is (.08) in Maryland. 

MCP continues to urge those who choose to drink alcohol to make the right decision and choose a sober driver for your ride home.

RLI

MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

MCP Cruiser Struck by Drunk Driver

Striking Vehicle – Driver Under Influence of Alcohol

Striking Vehicle – Driver Under Influence of Alcohol

Concern for Missing 59-Year-Old Man with Dementia

Turner Joseph Stevenson

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 3rd District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing White Oak man with dementia.

Turner Joseph Stevenson, age 59, was last seen by front desk personnel on Tuesday, February 14, at approximately 4:00 p.m., when he left his residence at the Enclave Apartments located on Oak Leaf Drive.  Stevenson is described as an African American male, 5’ 8” tall, and weighing approximately 160 pounds.  He has short black hair and brown eyes.  Stevenson was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, blue jogging pants with a white stripe on the side, and dark colored shoes.  Stevenson is new to the area but is familiar with public transportation.  Family members believe that he may attempt to return to the Washington, D.C, area.

Due to Stevenson’s dementia, police and family are concerned for his welfare.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Turner Joseph Stevenson is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

RLG

Update: Missing North Bethesda Man Located Deceased; No Foul Play Suspected

Matthew Barry, age 23, of North Bethesda, was located deceased yesterday afternoon in Bethesda.  Barry had previously been reported as a missing person.  At this time there is no indication of foul play involved in his death.

On Tuesday, February 14 at approximately 1:24 p.m., 2nd District officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a call for an unresponsive male in a vehicle in the parking lot located at 10644 Weymouth Street. First responders located the subject deceased; he was identified as Matthew Barry.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division are conducting the death investigation. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

 

Missing Juvenile Located Deceased in Fairfax County; Death Being Investigated by Fairfax County Police as a Homicide

Damaris Alexandra Reyes, age 15, of Gaithersburg, was reported missing from her residence by her mother on December 10, 2016. A missing person police report was written by Montgomery County Police.  As is standard practice in all missing person cases, Damaris was entered as a missing person in a national website (the National Crime Information Center – NCIC), available to law enforcement throughout the country.  Her information and photograph were also placed on an internal Montgomery County Police website that is updated daily and reviewed by officers and other police department employees.

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division, who investigate reports of missing juveniles, began an investigation into the whereabouts of Reyes. Investigators spoke with Damaris’ mother, who told detectives that in the past, Damaris had left home for periods of time and did not attend school while she was gone.  Damaris’ mother had reported her daughter missing once during this period – on November 21, 2016.  At that time a police report and investigation were conducted by Montgomery County Police.  Damaris returned home approximately eight days after she left.  While she was gone, Damaris remained in contact with her mother.

Due to Damaris’ behavior, her mother made plans to have her daughter live out-of-state with a family member. Damaris learned of this arrangement and left home again on December 10.

During this investigation, in an effort to locate her, detectives contacted Montgomery County Public School officials and contacted her friends and acquaintances. They also monitored Damaris’ social media account, her cell phone, and conducted surveillance of areas she was believed to frequent.

Detectives created a missing person flyer that included Damaris’ photograph and physical description. The flyers were distributed in Gaithersburg and areas within Fairfax County.  These flyers were also posted on Damaris’ and her mother’s social media accounts by her mother.  Detectives continued to communicate and work with Damaris’ mother throughout the course of the investigation to try and gain additional information regarding her daughter’s location.

Into January, Damaris contacted her mother several times using social media. Via social media, Damaris told her mother that she was unharmed, not in danger, and that she did not want to return home.

In mid-January, Fairfax County detectives notified Montgomery County investigators that they believed Damaris might be in the company of gang members in their jurisdiction. At that time, detectives from both jurisdictions coordinated investigative steps and continued working together until her death was confirmed on Monday, February 13.

Montgomery County detectives continue to remain in regular contact with Damaris’ mother and continue to work with Fairfax County investigators on this case.

Investigators are reviewing steps taken in this case as well as police department practices regarding critical missing persons.

No additional information can be released at this time due to the on-going homicide investigation in Fairfax County.

PRS