BETHESDA, Md. - Police say a body found in a wooded area in Bethesda is that of a missing teen. The body was reportedly found near the 6500 block of Laverock Lane.
NOW: @mcpnews conducting death investigation in Bethesda. Deceased male found dead in woods near Braeburn Ct. Witnesses say police were searching for missing person earlier. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/NWEvH5QUZc— Van Applegate (@vbagate) December 11, 2017
The victim, identified as 17-year-old Navid Nicholas Sepehri of Radnor Road in Bethesda, was reported as a missing person to the police department after he did not return home last night. Sepehri was located deceased during a search for him.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death.
Dr. Alan Goodwin, the Principal at Walt Whitman High School released the following statement
"Dear Whitman Community,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Navid Sepehri, one of our 12th grade students. Initial information suggests Navid’s death may have been accidental, but we do not have details at this time. Navid’s sister, Nika, is a freshman at Whitman, as well.
For those of you who knew Navid, we ask that you remember and celebrate his love of art and commitment to others. For those of you who did not know Navid, we ask that you support Navid’s friends and family during this time of loss.
It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person. Monday, a support team of psychologists, counselors, and pupil personnel workers from Montgomery County Public Schools will work with our staff members to provide counseling and support to students. Students who need additional support should contact their school counselor. Counselors will be available in the media center all day.
Your child may be coming home with questions and worries. Our community has experienced a tremendous loss in the last weeks. I am confident in our ability to support one another as we grieve the loss of Navid. Please be attentive to each other and keep our staff informed of any way we can support our students.
I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Navid’s family. When we receive word regarding funeral arrangements, I will share the information with you. Again, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 301-320-6600 if you have any concerns or questions"
Grief counselors will be available at the school Monday morning.
This is an ongoing death investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.