Updated: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Teacher Found Safe and Unharmed
Police made the announcement Sunday on Twitter
Deborah Anne Celmer
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
This story was updated at 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2019, and at 10 and 10:50 a.m. Oct. 21, 2019
A Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School English teacher who was missing for almost a week has been found safe and unharmed, according to Montgomery County police.
Deborah Anne Celmer, 41, was reported missing on Monday after not showing up to work for “several days,” according to police. She was last seen by family at approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 12.
Police announced on Twitter Sunday that Celmer had been found safe and unharmed.
MCPS spokesman Derek Turner declined comment Monday morning, but said the school district would provide an update “later this week if we can.” He did not say whether Celmer returned to work on Monday.
In a post on Facebook on Sunday, Al Celmer, who identified himself as Deborah’s father, wrote: “Deborah is safe. She is with a family member. We are so grateful for the abundance of support and concern for Deborah’s safe return. We appreciate each and every one of you. At this time we ask that you respect our need for privacy. Thank you.”
On Thursday, the staff of B-CC’s student newspaper and its website created a webpage where students, staff and community members could leave messages of support for Deborah Celmer.
“Yours would be the true homecoming we all are rooting for,” one comment says.
Others wrote that they were worried about Celmer’s safety and pleaded for the teacher to let them know she is safe.
“Every day, I offer my sincerest prayers and hopes for the well-being and safe return of Ms. Celmer. I am a new teacher here at B-CC and Ms. Celmer went out of her way to welcome me to this community,” one comment says. “She gave me advice for various educational challenges and I am so grateful for her thoughtfulness.”
Celmer has been employed with MCPS and worked at B-CC since 2016.
Staff reporter Dan Schere contributed to this story
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