Medical examiner releases cause of death for Bethesda teen found dead in wooded area

Navid Sepehri (Photo courtesy of Navid Sepehri's friends)

An autopsy and toxicology report has confirmed the cause of death for the Walt Whitman High School student found dead in a wooded creek bed Sunday.

The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore released details of the report Friday that stated Navid Sepehri, 17, died from a combination of alcohol poisoning, drowning and hypothermia. His death was also ruled accidental, according to the medical examiner.

In its examination, staff took blood samples from Sepehri's heart and subclavian artery. The blood alcohol content in his heart was 0.15 and 0.21 in his subclavian artery. For context, the legal limit in Maryland for motorists is .08. It is also unclear what type of alcohol tolerance Sepehri had developed at his young age.

According to AccuWeather, temperatures in Bethesda dipped down to 30 degrees Saturday night. Sepehri was found wearing a coat, but his full outfit has not yet been released.

Finer details from both the autopsy and toxicology reports, likely comprising multiple pages, were not immediately available.

On Tuesday, Montgomery County Police confirmed officers’ body-worn cameras captured Sepehri possibly under the influence outside a house in the 6500 block of Elgin Lane in Bethesda. The video was recorded Saturday night, shortly before Sepehri went missing. Police had been dispatched to the area following calls about an underage drinking party.

Officers spoke with both the adult male and female residents of the home who said they ended the party upon learning alcohol was present. At that point, everyone was asked to call their parents for a ride home. Police came across a number of juveniles, including Sepehri, congregating in the street. However, per Maryland law, no applicable charges could be filed.

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Many of the party’s teenage guests were uninvited, but arrived after learning about the gathering on social media, the adult male resident said. By the time officers arrived at the home, police explained there was no evidence of an ongoing party.

Around 5 p.m. Sunday, Sepehri was found dead in a wooded ravine in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane in Bethesda, near the Bannockburn Swim Club. That is approximately two miles from his parents' home along the 7500 block of Radnor Road in Bethesda.

Sepehri's family claims the Montgomery County Police Department did not do enough to help search for their son. They've since called upon the Montgomery County Council, FBI and Congress to launch an investigation.

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