Montgomery County Police have determined that human remains found nearly two weeks ago in a wooded area behind a Brookeville cemetery belong to a missing California man who was recently residing in Silver Spring.
The remains have been positively identified as Harry Ryan Detwiler, 19, of the 10700 block of Margate Road in Silver Spring. His family reported him missing in September.
“The remains located recently in Brookeville have been positively identified as a young man who had been reported missing in California in September 2017, but who lived in Silver Spring,” MCP Captain M.R. Yamada stated. “The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore conducted an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the young man’s death. The results of that autopsy are still pending.”
A Brookeville resident walking his dogs in a wooded path behind the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery the evening of Sunday, Nov. 12 discovered what appeared to be human bones and contacted police. Police responded and found a shallow grave with skeletal remains.
The remains were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to be examined.
Yamada, commander of the 4th district, assured those in attendance at a Brookeville town hall meeting on Nov. 20 that there was nothing to show that there was an immediate threat to local residents. He also indicated the possibility that there may have been more than one person was involved with the burial of the remains.
The investigation is ongoing. Police 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.