Police: Bethesda teen died of alcohol poisoning, exposure, drowning

Navid Sepehri

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — The death of a Bethesda teen who was reported missing after leaving a party has been ruled an accident, police announced Friday.

Navid Sepehri, 17, was found dead in a stream in a wooded ravine on December 10, the day after a party he attended in the 6500 block of Elgin Lane. Police say that they had broken up the party on suspicion of underage drinking. They talked to the teenagers, one of whom was Sepehri, and the teenagers said their parents would be coming to pick them up.

Police say that Sepehri’s father came to the station a few hours later, around 3:23 a.m., saying that his son had never come home. Around noon the next day, a missing persons report was official filed; Sepehri’s body was found in the stream around 5 p.m.

The chief medical examiner has ruled that Sepehri died of acute alcohol intoxication, complicated by drowning and hypothermia. They say foul play isn’t suspected.

Friends and fellow students have been paying their respects to Sepehri with a memorial near where his body was found. Sepehri is the second student from Walt Whitman High School to have died in as many weeks.