Body Of Missing Man Found In Pond Near Lakeforest Mall

UPDATED: May 21, 11:34 a.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A Germantown man who had been missing since May 15 has been found dead outside Lakeforest Mall, police say.

The body of Maurice Darnell Munford, Jr., 22, was spotted by a passerby floating in a retention pond near the mall Tuesday morning, according to Montgomery County Police. Resuscitation efforts performed on Munford were unsuccessful.

Munford was reported missing by family members who were concerned about his emotional well-being on May 16. He was last seen in the area of the mall.

Authorities received a call about a possible drowning near Montgomery Village Avenue and Russell Avenue around 9:51 a.m. Tuesday, police say.

Gaithersburg Police assisted police and fire units from Montgomery County at the pond. A fire station is located across the street from the mall.

Homicide detectives are investigating his death. Authorities say that is protocol until a cause of death can be determined.

The medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact police.


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