Police looking into possible connection of underage drinking party in Md. teen’s death

Montgomery County police have identified the male body as 17-year-old Navid Nicholas Sepehri, of Bethesda. (Photos provided by Navid Sepehri's friends)

Police are looking into the possible connection of an underage drinking party in the death of a Bethesda high school student.

Montgomery County police say that Navid Sepehri, a 17-year-old senior at Walt Whitman High School who was found dead Sunday, may have been at a nearby house party Saturday night where suspected underage drinking took place. Authorities believe Sepehri possibly fleed the party after it was broken up by police when they received a call about it.

Sepehri's body was found in a nearby ravine in a wooded area in the 6500 block of Laverock Lane in Bethesda by the Bannockburn Swim Club. A search was conducted to find him at approximately 12:45 p.m. Sunday when he was reported missing to police after he did not return home Saturday night.

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Sepehri was last seen around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Walt Whitman principal Alan Goodwin said in an email to parents and students that Sepehri’s death may have been "accidental." Police say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of Sepehri’s death.

Read Goodwin's full email below:

"Dear Whitman Community,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Navid Sepehri, one of our 12th grade students. Initial information suggests Navid’s death may have been accidental, but we do not have details at this time. Navid’s sister, Nika, is a freshman at Whitman, as well.
For those of you who knew Navid, we ask that you remember and celebrate his love of art and commitment to others. For those of you who did not know Navid, we ask that you support Navid’s friends and family during this time of loss.
It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person. Monday, a support team of psychologists, counselors, and pupil personnel workers from Montgomery County Public Schools will work with our staff members to provide counseling and support to students. Students who need additional support should contact their school counselor. Counselors will be available in the media center all day.
Your child may be coming home with questions and worries. Our community has experienced a tremendous loss in the last weeks. I am confident in our ability to support one another as we grieve the loss of Navid. Please be attentive to each other and keep our staff informed of any way we can support our students.
I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to Navid’s family. When we receive word regarding funeral arrangements, I will share the information with you. Again, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 301-320-6600 if you have any concerns or questions."
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