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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.

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