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Teen's body found in Chevy Chase; police believe he was killed by fallen tree

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Joshua Davis (Family Photo) Joshua Davis (Family Photo)
Joshua Davis (Family Photo) Joshua Davis (Family Photo)
CHEVY CHASE, Md. -

Montgomery County police are investigating the death of 15-year-old Joshua Davis.

They believe the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High school student was riding a bicycle on one of the side trails off of the main Rock Creek Trail when a tree fell and struck him.

Davis' parents had reported him missing around 10 p.m. Monday. 

The area encountered severe storms during the afternoon and evening on Monday and investigators believe that the storms may be a factor in his death.

His remains were found on Tuesday at around 1:15 p.m. with his bike lying nearby.

Friends tell us Davis played baseball and was a Boy Scout. He lived about a mile from the wooded area where his remains were discovered in Chevy Chase, Md.

Many of his classmates are using social media to post condolences.

Davis’ friend, Sam Alston, told FOX 5, "He was a good kid. He was funny and smart. He had a lot of the same classes with me, so we got along well. He was a good friend, so it's really sad to see him go."


Letter from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Principal Karen Lockard:

Dear Bethesda-Chevy Chase Families:

I am writing to share with you that our community has experienced a tragic loss with the sudden death of Joshua Davis, one of our 10th grade students.

I ask those of you who knew Josh to remember and celebrate his life. Josh was a proud Boy Scout, had a contagious smile and loved to be with his friends. Our entire community shares in the grief of this sudden and tragic loss.

It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of young person. We will have counselors available to provide support and counseling to students on Wednesday and throughout the week. As this is exam time, many students will not be in school today, but should feel free to come to school if they wish to be with their classmates and community at this difficult time.

I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Joshua's family.

When we receive word regarding funeral arrangements, I will share the information with you. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 240-497-6300 with concerns or questions.


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