A 65-year-old Pikesville resident has been identified as the man found dead in his car in Walkersville, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials identified the man as Brice Wendell Boots and said they had made next-of-kin notifications.

The sheriff’s office said it is investigating his death as a homicide based on evidence found at the scene Thursday evening.

In an email Friday morning, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said they could not share details about what lead them to start a homicide investigation.

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“[E]arly on we had a suspicion that this was a homicide but had to get full confirmation from the [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] once the body was moved to their office,” Todd Wivell, the department spokesman, said in an email. “That took place early yesterday afternoon.”

Around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 8200 block of Crum Road in Walkersville for a report of a suspicious vehicle in a field, officials said. The caller indicated the car had been in the field since at least 7 a.m. and had its flashers on.

Deputies closed part of the road during the investigation and reopened it at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The sheriff’s office has asked anyone with information related to the case to call 301-600-2071.

Cody Boteler a reporter on The Banner’s Express Desk, reporting on breaking news, trending stories and interesting things in and around Baltimore. His work has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, USA TODAY, Baltimore magazine and others. 

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