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Update: Suspicious Death in Brookville; Identity Released

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the discovery of human remains found in a wooded area located in the 19500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville. 

The decedent has been identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Harry Ryan Detwiler, age 19, of the 10700 block of Margate Road in Silver Spring.

In September 2017, Detwiler’s family reported him as a missing person to police.

On Sunday, November 12 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a resident notified police that he had been walking his dogs in the woods and located what he believed to be human bones.  4th District officers responded to the area and located a shallow grave that contained skeletal remains.

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

This is an active and ongoing death investigation.  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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Release ID: 17-400
Media Contact: mcpnews 
Categories: death-investigation