Examining the history of Brookeville’s “Rescue Street”

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street signThe intersection of Rena Court and DuBarry Drive previously was the site where Civil Defense Administration personnel learned what to do in case of nuclear attack. PHOTO BY SUZANNE POLLAK  Just a mile or two from historic Brookeville, which served as the U.S. capital for a day, lies the site of a bombed-out area where the Civil Defense Administration trained its staff on what to do if nuclear weapons rained down on an American city.

Six partially-completed concrete-and-brick buildings were built on what became known as Rescue Street. The buildings had neither windows nor doors. No one ever lived in this ghost town, but it was an active place. Two-week training courses, which occurred daily, featured scenarios with lots of fake blood, smoke, and the saving of frantic, injured people. These “victims” were often students from nearby colleges.


Remains found in Brookeville identified

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Montgomery County Police have determined that human remains found nearly two weeks ago in a wooded area behind a Brookeville cemetery belong to a missing California man who was recently residing in Silver Spring.

The remains have been positively identified as Harry Ryan Detwiler, 19, of the 10700 block of Margate Road in Silver Spring. His family reported him missing in September.

"The remains located recently in Brookeville have been positively identified as a young man who had been reported missing in California in September 2017, but who lived in Silver Spring," MCP Captain M.R. Yamada stated. "The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore conducted an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the young man’s death.  The results of that autopsy are still pending."


Police ease Brookeville residents concerns after body found in shallow grave

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4th District Montgomery County Police Commander M. R. Yamada meets with concerned Brookeville residents after skeletal remains were found Nov. 12 20174th District Montgomery County Police Commander M. R. Yamada meets with concerned Brookeville residents after skeletal remains were found Nov. 12 2017  Photo by Glynis KazanjianBROOKEVILLE — Local residents needn’t be concerned about any imminent threats to their safety despite the discovery of human remains in a shallow grave last week, the Montgomery County Police 4th District commander said on Monday evening, Nov. 20, to approximately 40 people at a community meeting held at the Salem United Methodist Church.

"There is no direct threat to our community that I'm aware of," Captain M.R. Yamada said, while speaking to Brookeville residents who attended the meeting.

The remains were discovered on Sunday, Nov. 12 by a local resident while walking his dog in a wooded area behind the church. Police said the man alerted them to the human skeletal remains – which police discovered in a shallow grave – after deciding to investigate why his dog kept going off into the woods from the path.

The remains are now under examination by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, but the race or gender of the remains is still undetermined, as cause, manner and time of death.


Police investigate discovery of human remains in Brookeville

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Salem United Methodist Church Cemetary Brookeville MD IIBrookeville residents say Montgomery County Police officers' discovery of human remains in a shallow grave took place in the woods behind the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. PHOTO BY GLYNIS KAZANJIANMontgomery County Police detectives are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains found Sunday in Brookeville.

A passerby alerted police at 5:15 p.m. Sunday after noticing what he believed to be human bones while walking his dogs in a wooded area in the 19500 block of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville. Officers responded to the area and located a shallow grave that contained skeletal remains.

The discovery has left Brookeville local residents on edge.

“This is a scary sort of business in a town this small,” said former state senator and Brookeville resident Karen Montgomery. “Even if they are not from here, a person dumped a body here. It makes for a lot of tension.”

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