Police ID teenager found dead in Germantown

Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, have identified the young man found dead Monday.

Officers headed to the 18900 block of Grotto Lane, a residential street off Great Seneca Highway in Germantown around 3 p.m. after receiving a report of a dead body found outside.

When they arrived at the scene, officers discovered the body of a male possibly in his late teens. Police identified him as Jailyn Lawrence Jones, 17, of Germantown. He was a student at Northwest High School.

Principal Scott E. Smith In a letter sent to parents Tuesday that Jones had a “large personality, infectious smile and amazing spirit.” Mental health care personnel were available to students Tuesday.

The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how Jones died. Anyone with information on what happened or had seen Jones recently in the area of Grotto Lane should call Montgomery County police at 240-773-5070.

Below is a map of where his body was found.

Lauren Hamilton

Lauren Hamilton is an Associate Producer at WTOP. She is a senior student at the University of Maryland, having written for a variety of campus publications and as a reporter at the campus radio station, WMUC 88.1. She began as an intern with WTOP in the summer of 2021.

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