- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006


A body recovered Tuesday in Prince George’s County was that of a Silver Spring man who went missing during flooding nearly two weeks ago, Montgomery County police said yesterday.

Jeremy Andrew Wechsler becomes the seventh person known to have died in Maryland during three days of record-setting rain that caused heavy flooding in some areas.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed yesterday that a body found Tuesday in a creek bed behind a residential community in the Hyattsville area was that of Mr. Wechsler, a Domino’s Pizza employee who was last seen leaving work on June 25, as torrential rains buffeted the Washington region.

The search for Mr. Wechsler was delayed by at least a week because of a clerical error recording his license plate number.

His Chevrolet Cavalier, completely submerged by water, was among seven vehicles towed out of high water at a pumping station near where water from the Northwest Branch Creek had overflowed Route 29.

Montgomery County police had a private towing company haul the cars out of the water, but the license plate number for Mr. Wechsler’s Cavalier recorded on the towing company’s log was one number off. The error was made by police, said Lucille Baur, a police spokeswoman.

Mr. Wechsler’s father reported his son missing June 27 and gave his license plate number, but police did not match it to the Cavalier because of the error. A county detective later went to the tow lot and discovered the error.

Miss Baur said police planned to investigate why the mistake occurred.

Investigators began looking for evidence Thursday night in the area where Mr. Wechsler’s car was found.

A Domino’s shirt with the name “Jeremy” embroidered on it was found yesterday on the south side of the Northwest Branch Creek between Colesville Road and University Boulevard — a few miles upstream from where his body was recovered.

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