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Update: Gaithersburg Townhouse Fire Death Ruled a Homicide

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 7, 2016

Update: April 20, 2016: The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.  Skalabrin had multiple injuries to his body.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the death of 63-year-old Steven Skalabrin, whose body was recovered from a townhouse fire.  Detectives are investigating this suspicious death as a homicide

On Tuesday, March 29 at approximately 10:10 p.m., officers from the 6th District and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to a house fire in the 1800 block of Windjammer Way in Gaithersburg.  First responders observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the residence and the home was fully involved with flames.

Responders were met by two adult male residents who had been able to escape from the home.  The residents notified emergency personnel that Skalabrin, a roommate, lived in the basement and may still be inside the home.

Due to the immense fire, firefighters were unable to enter the home until the fire had been extinguished.  Upon entering, firefighters located Skalabrin's body in the basement.

This investigation remains open and homicide detectives urge anyone who may have any information regarding this homicide to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect(s). Tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).


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Release ID: 16-082
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: homicide