Police call suspicious death in Silver Spring a homicide


SILVER SPRING, MD - JUNE 28: Montgomery County police and crime scene investigators look for evidence in a garbage container outside the Chateau Apartment Homes, Silver Spring, MD on June 28, 2013, where a woman was found slain inside an apartment on Friday. (Photo by Dan Morse / The Washington Post) (Dan Morse/TWP)

A woman was found slain in a Silver Spring high-rise apartment Friday morning, and detectives were questioning an acquaintance of hers, a man they described as a suspect. No charges had been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Montgomery County police were dispatched to the Chateau Apartment Homes, just south of the Capital Beltway near New Hampshire Avenue, at 8:09 a.m. Friday. A co-worker of the victim’s, concerned that she had not been to work, called police, according to authorities.

Officers knocked on the apartment door but didn’t get a response, police said. With the help of property managers, the officers entered the apartment, where they found a dead woman with trauma to her body. They also found a man and took him into custody, according to police.

The man was taken to a police facility and questioned by detectives. “Investigators believe that the suspect and victim were known to each other,” police officials said in a statement. “As it is early in the investigation, the nature of the relationship between the suspect and victim cannot be confirmed.”

Police officers and crime scene investigators could be seen outside the apartment building Friday, looking through a large garbage container. It wasn’t clear whether they found evidence of value.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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