2022 | Police & Fire

UPDATED: Teen whose body was found in Germantown was Northwest High senior

Police say they’re investigating his death as a homicide

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This story was updated at 11:10 p.m. Jan. 25, 2022, to add new details

A teen boy whose body was found in Germantown on Monday was a senior at Northwest High School, according to Montgomery County police and Montgomery County Public Schools.

Jailyn Lawrence Jones, 17, was found dead in the 18900 block of Grotto Lane around 3 p.m. on Monday, police said in a press release Tuesday evening.

According to the website missingkids.org, run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Jones had been missing and was last seen Jan. 7.

Police said earlier on Tuesday they were investigating the teen’s death as a homicide, but did not identify him.

In a letter Tuesday, Northwest Principal Scott Smith wrote that Jones, a senior, had died.

“He had a large personality, infectious smile, and overall amazing spirit,” Smith wrote. “For those of you who did not know Jailyn, we ask that you respect our sadness and support us with your understanding.”

Smith did not include any information in the letter about the circumstances of Jones’ death. He wrote that psychologists, counselors and pupil personnel workers would be available for students and staff members who need support.

Last year, the Montgomery County recorded 35 homicides, the most in three decades.

Police said there is a reward of up $10,000 available for someone who provides information that leads to the arrest of a homicide suspect. They asked people with information to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com