A woman was found slain Monday night in Montgomery County and a man has been charged in her killing, the county police said.

The woman was found in a house in the 20000 block of Dunstable Circle not far from Frederick Road in the Germantown area, police said. Officers were sent there about 9 p.m. for a report of an assault.

When police arrived, they found the man — who was later identified as Lawrence E. Sakkestad, 34, and a woman who was dead inside the home.

The woman was found with an unspecified wound. Jordan said it did not appear to be a gunshot wound.

The relationship between the man and woman was not known, Jordan said. The woman was not identified pending the notification of her family. Officials said an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Authorities said in a statement that during an initial investigation, Sakkestad “made statements indicating involvement in the homicide of the female.” He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.


Lawrence Edward Sakkestad, 34, of Germantown, Md., has been charged with first-degree murder, police said. This photo is from a 2016 arrest. (Montgomery County Police)

Police said he’s being held without bond.

Dana Hedgpeth contributed to this report.