UPDATED: Police Say Teen Was Killed By Falling Tree In Rock Creek Park

by Aaron Kraut — June 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm 3,808 8 Comments

UPDATED 9:15 p.m. Montgomery County Police say a teenager found dead in Rock Creek Park in Chevy Chase likely died accidentally when a tree fell and struck him during severe storms on Monday.

Josh Davis, 15, of Chevy Chase was found dead around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday when police and MCFRS units responded to the report of an injured person in the woods near the 9200 block of Jones Mill Road, according to a police press release.

Capt. Jim Daly, a police spokesperson, said police suspect the teenager was riding his bike off the main trail when he was hit by a falling tree. Police confirmed Davis was the same individual reported missing nearby on Monday night. His parents told police he hadn’t returned from a bike ride.

Daly said investigators found a bike and downed tree near the body, leading them to believe the downed tree struck the teenager on Monday evening during the storms. Investigators from the county’s Family Crimes Division searched for Davis on Monday night after he was reported missing as is protocol, Daly said. Investigators searched for him in downtown Bethesda and in Rock Creek Park, where he was known to go biking.

Davis was a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, according to principal Karen Lockard. Friends have started a R.I.P. Josh Davis Facebook page.

  • bethesdan@msn.com

    Condolences to his family and friends

  • David

    Was he ‘hit by a tree’, or did he hit the tree? Poor writing.

  • MechanicalTurk

    First some guy mysteriously dies outside of his car and it is dubbed “natural causes” then this story…

  • Alexmom

    My guess is he was hit by a falling tree if it was last night. But yeah – I stumbled over the writing myself. Poor kid.

  • Victor

    R.I.P josh Davis! Ill miss you;(

  • Reed

    He was I good friend and will be missed. I went to school with him.

  • Max

    was one of my first and best friends, you will be truly missed

  • Gfocker

    I don’t know josh or his family, but my heart is just so broken from this tragic event. He was such a handsome young man and from what I’ve heard, also smart. My condolence to the family.


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