Dead man is found
in Gaithersburg pond

Montgomery County Police are investigating the suspicious death of an adult male whose body was discovered Sunday afternoon in a pond in Gaithersburg.

Officials said the body was reported shortly before 1 p.m. It was floating in the pond near the entrance of Nike Missile Park in the 8500 block of Snouffer School Road near Montgomery County Airpark.

The body was recovered from the water, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. The cause of death is being investigated, said Capt. Jim Daly, a county police spokesman.

Daly said the Maryland-National Capital Park Police had been to the area Friday night, after a passerby found clothes near the pond. “Investigators from both agencies are working to determine if these two incidents are related,” Daly said.

— J. Freedom du Lac

Police say thief poses as utility employee

Fairfax County Police are alerting residents about a man who has pretended to be a utility employee to allow him to enter houses in Alexandria.

Officers responded to the 6500 block of Annandale Street Thursday after a 76-old-woman noticed she was missing money after a man who identified himself as a Fairfax Water employee entered her home, police said.

The man, who was carrying a clipboard, said he needed to check something, and the woman escorted him to the back yard. Police believe a second suspect entered the home and stole money from the woman’s purse.

Police said they received a report about a second incident, in which a woman refused to let the suspect in and called authorities.

Fairfax officials said water-utility employees do not require access to customers’ homes to read a meter. They also urged residents to ask for photo IDs or call 703-698-5800 to verify an employee’s identity.

— Nicole Chavez