Woman Found Dead in Pond Had Been Missing Since November

36-year-old was found on Wednesday


Kristin Danielle Bessix

Via Montgomery County police

A woman found dead in a pond in northern Montgomery County this week had been missing for nearly two months, according to police.

Police responding to a call about a suspicious situation found the woman’s body in a pond in Burtonsville on Wednesday. On Friday afternoon, police identified the woman as Kristin Danielle Bessix, 36.

Bessix was last seen by a friend in the area of Castle Boulevard in Burtonsville on Nov. 9, according to a Dec. 8 press release by Montgomery County police. The pond where her body was found was behind the 14200 block of Ballinger Terrace, which is directly behind Castle Boulevard.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said the medical examiner’s office has not confirmed the cause or manner of her death. Police will decide whether to investigate the death as suspicious after those results come in, he said.

Goodale said police don’t have a confirmed address for Bessix, but said she was known to stay in the area of Castle Boulevard.

Her family reported her missing on Nov. 22 after not being able to contact her since Nov. 9.

Rockville police posted on Facebook about Bessix as a missing person on Dec. 5. The post listed Bessix as having no fixed address and noted that she frequented the area of the Panera in the 1200 block of Tech Road in Silver Spring.

Marylou Berg, a Rockville spokeswoman, said Bessix was not directly connected to Rockville, but that city police were asked to assist in publicizing the missing person notice.

A Facebook page in Bessix’s name last posted on Nov. 6. In the comments below a selfie in a sunlit car, her friends wondered where she was and implored her to contact her family.

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