D.C. Police Investigate Capitol Officer’s Death

Posted November 30, 2004 at 10:32am

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the apparent death of a Capitol Police officer whose body was found in the city’s Northeast quadrant after he was reported missing over the weekend.

Capitol Police Sgt. Contricia Sellers-Ford confirmed the man is an officer employed by the department, but declined to confirm the officer’s identity, citing an ongoing investigation by MPD. “We’re working with MPD concerning that matter,” said Sellers-Ford, a department spokeswoman.

District police officers found the man’s body Monday afternoon after receiving a tip shortly before 4 p.m. that an “unconscious person” had been seen in a vehicle in the 5550 block of Jay Street Northeast, MPD Media Liaison Officer Kenneth Bryson said.

MPD officials are now conducting a standard investigation, but Bryson said there are currently no indications of “foul play.”

“It does not appear to be a homicide,” Bryson added. He could not confirm whether the man was wearing a police uniform at the time of his death.

Bryson declined to identify the man, citing the need to inform family members of the death.

“We want to make sure all next of kin are notified,” Bryson said.

— Jennifer Yachnin