DEPARTMENT OF POLICE MEDIA SERVICES DIVISION 2350 RESEARCH BOULEVARD ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850-3294 240-773-5030 For Immediate Release March 7, 2010 Media Services Division, 240-773-5030 Human Remains Found in Patuxent River State Park Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division - Homicide/Sex Section are investigating the discovery of a body that was found yesterday in the Patuxent River State Park in upper Montgomery County, outside of Damascus. On Saturday, March 6, at approximately 12:32 pm., a citizen reported finding human remains in the Patuxent River State Park. Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, and officers from the Montgomery County Police 6th District responded to the park on Brown Church Road. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=Brown%20Church%20Road%20Damascus%20MD The preliminary investigation revealed a partially decomposed body in a shallow grave in a wooded area near the end of Brown Church Road. Due to the condition of the body, Homicide/Sex Section detectives were assisted by personnel from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in their on-site investigation. The body has been identified as that of a woman, but her age and race remain unknown. Based on the stage of decomposition, investigators believe the body may have been placed there in the fall of 2009. The body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore in an effort to determine the cause and manner of death. Anyone who believes that they may have information about this death is asked to call homicide detectives at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.