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Police Search and Locate Critically Missing Germantown Man


Detectives and officers from the Montgomery County Police 5th District searched Thursday night, July 23 into Friday morning, July 24, for a critically missing suicidal Germantown man. After an extensive search, detectives located him in a Virginia hotel room. He was unresponsive and it appeared he had purposefully overdosed on various prescription pills. Yesterday at approximately 9:00 p.m., after a call from a concerned friend, Montgomery County Police 5th District officers responded to a Germantown residence to check the welfare of a possibly suicidal 49-year-old man. The victim wasn’t at his home when officers arrived. Officers continued searching local hospitals and hotels. The victim’s information was continually broadcast to all on-duty personnel, and the victim was listed in the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) system that can be accessed by all law enforcement agencies nationwide. As the investigation progressed, it was learned that the victim’s vehicle was parked in a Marriott Hotel parking lot located at 8028 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Virginia. Fifth District detectives drove to Virginia with the missing man’s driver’s license photo. Working with hotel security, they were able to confirm that he had registered for a room at the hotel and gain entrance to that room. Detectives found the man unresponsive, but detected shallow breathing and a faint pulse. They noticed empty prescription pill bottles nearby. Detectives began life-saving procedures prior to the arrival of Fairfax County Fire/Rescue personnel. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he remains in serious condition but is expected to survive. Lieutenant Dom Fazio, Acting Director of the Criminal Investigations Unit said, “I’d like to commend the diligent efforts by both our officers and detectives. Though our detectives will say they were just doing their job, had it not been for their excellent work, this incident most likely would have had a tragic ending.” ###

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