Autopsy Determines Cause of Death for Body Found in North Bethesda Parking Lot

Cause is unknown in two unrelated death cases; two other bodies remain unidentified, police say


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White Flint Plaza parking lot.

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A man found dead in a North Bethesda parking lot in late September died of natural causes, police said Friday.

Joseph Sylvester Ndyamukama, 51, was found dead Sept. 25 in the backseat of a car that had been sitting in the White Flint Plaza parking lot for a few days. Montgomery County police spokesman Officer Rick Goodale said police believe Ndyamukama died in the car after he drove himself there.

Police could not confirm Ndyamukama’s address, but after his death, a GoFundMe page asked for donations to transport his body to relatives in Tanzania.

While police consider this investigation closed, detectives and medical examiners continue to investigate other bodies found in Montgomery County in recent months.

Daniel Taylor Evans, a 40-year-old from Sykesville, was found dead in Booze Creek in Bethesda Aug. 10. Forensic pathologists at the chief medical examiner’s office in Baltimore recently found they did not have enough information from his autopsy to determine a cause or manner of death, Goodale said.

The case now falls back on detectives to determine what happened leading up to Evans’ death, he said.

“They could get information tomorrow that could help them out, or it could, you know, become a cold case and they don’t know anything for years,” he said.

A full week before he was found, a car Evans was driving was apparently involved in a hit-and-run crash less than a mile away from the creek where a family found him dead about 200 yards from a quiet suburban street. Evans, who worked as a contractor in Rockville, was allegedly seen running from the car.

Goodale said police are still investigating the circumstances of the crash and can’t say the role the incident played in his death.

Askia Khafra, 21, died Sept. 10 in a Bethesda house fire, but the medical examiner’s office has yet to rule on a cause and manner of his death, Goodale said. The Silver Spring resident reportedly had been hired to work at the home, where officials said there was an “excavation” underground.

Meanwhile, police are still working to identify two bodies found in outdoor areas since September:

On Sept. 5 in Wheaton Regional Park, police found the body of a man who they believe died between December 2016 and March 2017. State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the man had been decapitated and dismembered in a gang killing.

Last week, police found skeletal human remains in a shallow grave in a wooded area in Brookeville. Detectives believe the person had been dead for less than a year and are investigating the death as suspicious.

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