Police hope rosary can help identify remains found in Germantown park

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County police say they discovered human remains in a shallow grave in a Germantown, Maryland, park earlier this month, and they hope a rosary and other personal items can help identify them.

The remains were found in early June in Seneca Creek Park on Black Rock Road.

The victim is a boy, and likely a Hispanic teenager between the ages of 15 and 17, police said. He may have been from the Hyattsville area.

Police believe he died in approximately February or March of 2017.

Montgomery County officials provided this photo of the rosary found on the body. (Courtesy Montgomery County Police)

The teen had the following personal effects on his body:

  • A turquoise rosary
  • A blue Old Navy winter jacket with a zipper and a detachable hood, size medium
  • A blue Nautica striped sweater with zipper at the neck, size extra-large (14-16)
  • Adam Levine “The Dean” slim-fit denim jeans, waist size 30, length size 32
  • Black knit gloves
  • Black USPA sneakers, size 10
  • Black socks
  • A black Guess belt with a silver rectangular buckle, size 32
  • White and blue striped Timberland polo shirt

Officials are investigating the death as a homicide, and ask anyone who may be able to identify the victim or his killer to call 240-773-5070. Crime Solvers of Montgomery County is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest, and ask anyone with information to call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Below is a map of where the remains were found.

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