Suspicious backpack at Walter Reed Medical Center removed, deemed safe

An abandoned backpack found near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, caused police to investigate it as a suspicious package Saturday night.

Montgomery County Police said the backpack was found near the roadway leading up to the main entrance to the medical center on Rockville Pike.

A section of Route 355, from Cedar Lane to Jones Bridge Road, was closed off for the investigation for over an hour.

Police said the Montgomery County Fire Marshal and the Montgomery County Bomb Squad were called in to investigate for explosive material. They deemed the backpack safe after learning a person had forgot it and left it on the roadway.

County officials reopened the closed off portions of Route 355 after 9:30 p.m.

The entrance has been filled with demonstrators throughout the day as President Donald Trump stays at the campus for coronavirus treatment.

Here is a map of the scene.

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Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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