Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded Thursday evening to a 911 report of a man and a woman found dead in Burtonsville; they will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore and will undergo a scheduled autopsy Friday, a Montgomery County Police spokesman said.
A resident called 911 at approximately 9:56 p.m. Thursday after discovering the bodies in a parked car – with the engine still running – in a townhouse parking lot on Aldora Circle. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the two occupants of the vehicle were deceased.
A state medical examiner has ruled the cause of death for both victims as homicide by gunshot wounds. The victims are identified as Ashley Susan Dickinson, 34, of Mallory Terrace in Alexandria, Va., and Joshua Michael Frazier, 29, of the 16600 block of Space More Circle in Woodbridge, Va.
The location of the discovered bodies is within a couple of blocks of the area where the body of Kristin Danielle Bessix, a 36-year-old woman reported missing in November, was found in a pond in early January. Montgomery County Police said in January that Bessix’s case was being investigated as a death, as opposed to a homicide.
Starks said there is no indication the two cases are connected, and stated it was “a brand-new investigation.”
Police are asking anyone with information about the discovery of the two bodies to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.