Homicide and undetermined death 4 days and 3 blocks apart

Cecil Brown, a 73 year old Takoma Park resident, was the apparent victim of an Aug. 4 homicide. Photo provided by Takoma Park Police Department.


A resident’s death from “blunt force trauma” is being investigated as a homicide, say Takoma Park police.

Officers found Cecil Brown, 73, dead in his Colby Avenue back yard early Monday afternoon Aug. 4. Police responded to two calls placed around 12:30 PM about a disturbance in the normally quiet cul-de-sac off Sligo Creek Parkway.


Colby Avenue 800-block, where Brown resided. Photo by Bill Brown.

Neighbors are unnerved by the incident, said one resident who did not wish to be identified. The resident said Mr. Brown was a “nice man” whose death is both tragic and mysterious.

Another man died 4 days earlier only 3 blocks down Sligo Creek Parkway, near the Carroll Avenue bridge. Police, who have not connected the two deaths, have not released the man’s name and manner of death, but an August 2 press release said “All indications are no foul play is involved at this time.” The manner of death is undetermined, pending autopsy, said the release.


Carroll Avenue Bridge, near which a body was discovered August 1. Photo by Bill Brown.

The unidentified man was not a Takoma Park resident, the police press release said. His identity will not be released until family is notified.

The body was discovered by a jogger at approximately 7:52 AM Friday, Aug. 1.

Takoma Park Police declined to provide any further information about this case.

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Bill Brown
Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s.