Human Remains in Brookeville Identified as Silver Spring Teen

He was reported missing in September; death is considered suspicious


Harry Ryan Detwiler


The skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Brookeville have been identified as a teen from Silver Spring, according to police.

The chief medical examiner’s office in Baltimore determined the body was Harry Ryan Detwiler, 19, of the 10700 block of Margate Road, according to a Montgomery County police press release. His family reported him missing to police in September.

A report on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website says Detwiler had been missing since May 15 and was last seen in Silver Spring.

A dog walker noticed what appeared to be human bones in the woods on Nov. 12 and called police. When officers arrived, they found a shallow grave with skeletal remains.

Police are investigating the incident as a suspicious death. An autopsy was conducted, but the cause and manner of his death have not yet been determined.

Police have asked anyone with information about the death to call 240-773-5070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-TIPS (8477).

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