Body Found in Randolph Hills Explosion Identified as Home’s Resident

State medical examiner’s office says Steven Martin Beck committed suicide by shooting himself


Published:

Officials stand on the road next to the site of the exploded home Friday.

Joe Zimmermann

The body found Saturday in the rubble of a Randolph Hills home leveled by an explosion has been identified as the homeowner, according to Montgomery County police.

The state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Steven Martin Beck, the 61-year-old owner of 11422 Ashley Drive, Rockville, committed suicide by shooting himself, according to a press release issued Monday by Montgomery County police.

A dog was found close to Beck and a necropsy determined the dog also died from a gunshot wound, according to police.

The home had been leveled by an explosion that occurred before 1 a.m. Friday. It took 75 firefighters about 90 minutes to extinguish a blaze caused by the explosion. The blast shot debris as far as 600 yards from the house and damaged nine cars and 10 other houses, rendering one uninhabitable, according to county fire officials. No others were injured by the explosion.

Fire investigators found the body of an adult and the remains of an animal in the basement of the structure Saturday. The body was transported to medical examiners in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Chief Scott Goldstein said Saturday officials still have not determined the cause of the explosion, or whether it was intentional or accidental. Goldstein initially told reporters Friday morning the blast was not believed to be a gas explosion, but officials later backtracked and said they were not ruling out any potential causes.

Gas had been shut off to the house in 2015, but an investigation revealed there was unauthorized gas use at the address since December 2016.

Karen Burkett, a real estate agent with Re/Max, told Bethesda Beat on Friday morning that the house was scheduled to be sold at 3:30 p.m. Friday at a public auction at the courthouse in Rockville.

County police, MCFRS fire marshals, state fire marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing the investigation to determine the circumstances that led to the suicide and explosion, according to police.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Updated: Fire Marshal, FBI Agent Killed in I-270 Crash in Rockville

A Winston Churchill High School graduate was assisting a motorist when he was struck

Charges Dropped Against Suspect in Gang Killing, But Prosecutors Could Restart Case

Case against second MS-13 suspect moves forward with judge finding ‘sufficient probable cause’

School Notes: Board of Ed Again Asks Hogan To Reconsider Mandated End to School Year

Plus: Former Montgomery County Public Schools student takes home a Nobel Prize

Bethesda Man Charged With Harassing Police Officer; Maryland’s Black Liquor Issue

News, announcements and other helpful links for Friday morning
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored Content

Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week is Back!

Mark your calendars for January 12-21 and enjoy a variety of dining options at some of the area's best restaurants.

Calling All Writers - We Want To Hear from You

Submit your best work in the Bethesda Magazine and Bethesda Urban Partnership Essay and Short Story Contest. Submission deadline is January 19.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

New Arts and Crafts Home

Bethesda, $1,499,000

2.5 Stunning Acres

Potomac, $925,000

Renovated Row House on Tree Lined Street

Washington, DC, $1,299,000

New Home Community

Bethesda, $1,350,000

Truly Sensational Property

Potomac, $3,799,900
Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module