Concern For Gaithersburg Man

JoseRamirezUPDATE: 8/18/2016 at 4:30 pm – Jose Luis Ramirez has been located safe and unharmed.  Thank you to the public and media for sharing this missing person case.

Detectives from the 6th District are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Gaithersburg man.

Jose Luis Ramirez, 43 years old, left his Larchmont Terrace residence on Wednesday, August 17.  He is described as a Hispanic male, 5′ 2″ tall, and weighing 125 pounds.  At the time that he left his home, he was wearing a dark blue shirt, dark blue pants, and black shoes.

Investigators believe Ramirez may be operating a 2015 dark blue Volkswagon CC with Maryland license plate 7BW6842.

Police and family are concerned for Jose Ramirez’ physical and emotional well being.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at (301) 279-8000.

PRS

Detectives Investigate Fatal Collision in Burtonsville

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit (CRU) are investigating a fatal collision that occurred this afternoon in Burtonsville.

At approximately 4:03 p.m., 3rd District officers and Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the area of Sandy Spring Road and Old Columbia Pike for the report of a collision.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Saturn SL was traveling eastbound on Sandy Spring Road when for reasons still under investigation, the Saturn crossed into the westbound traffic lanes of Sandy Spring Road and collided with a 2006 Mercedes E-350.

The driver of the Saturn is being identified as Young So Park, age 85, of the 8200 block of Whitebark Lane in Severn.  Park was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the Mercedes is being identified as Salamatu Kuyateh, age 39, of the 3500 block of Pear Tree Court in Silver Spring.  She was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.

RLG

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Seventh Victim Located Deceased; Search and Recovery Efforts Continue Tomorrow

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that today, Tuesday, August 16, personnel located a seventh body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the seven victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire is still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts will continue tomorrow.

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Sixth Victim Located Deceased; Missing Person Ochoa Located Safe and Unharmed

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that today, Monday, August 15, personnel located a sixth body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the six victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

During this investigation, police detectives received information regarding eight people who were believed to be in one of the involved apartment buildings at the time of the fire and were unaccounted for after the fire occurred.  Investigators collected lease information from property management.  They also spoke to family and/or friends of the missing individuals with the exception of missing person, Oscar Armando Ochoa; detectives had not been able to confirm that he was in the apartment building at the time of the fire.  Today, detectives were able to locate Oscar Armando Ochoa and confirm in person that he is unharmed.  In speaking with Ochoa, investigators learned that Ochoa had moved from the apartments and was not at the apartments at the time of the fire.  Lease information had not been updated to reflect this move.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts continue.

RLI

Update: Silver Spring Apartment Fire Death Investigation – A Fifth Victim Located Deceased; Search and Recovery Efforts Continue Tomorrow

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) continues its death investigation following a fatal fire that occurred at apartment buildings in the 8700 block of Arliss Street in Silver Spring on the night of Wednesday, August 10.  The Police Department is confirming that this afternoon, Sunday, August 14, personnel located a fifth body within a building.

Police investigators have not yet identified the five victims.  The bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy and possible identification.

The joint investigation between the MCPD, the Department of Fire and Rescue Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ongoing and the possible cause/causes of this fire are still under investigation.  Search and recovery efforts will continue tomorrow.

RLI