Police Say Someone Intentionally Started Car Fire that Killed Sandy Spring Woman

The 56-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation, burns, autopsy finds


Via Montgomery County Police Department

Investigators have determined that someone deliberately set a car fire that killed a 56-year-old woman in Sandy Spring last year.

An autopsy found that Andrea Mion Hawvermale died of smoke inhalation and burns in the vehicle fire that happened near a home in the 1300 block of Excaliber Lane, Montgomery County police announced Monday. Authorities headed to the property shortly after 8:30 a.m. on June 17, 2017, after a 911 caller reported the fire. Upon arriving, first responders found Hawvermale dead in the car.

County police and authorities from the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service are conducting a joint investigation into the suspicious death. On Monday, they released information about the autopsy findings and the determination that the fire was set intentionally.

Anyone with information about the case should call detectives at 240-773-5070. Tipsters who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-TIPS and could be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. 

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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