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Missing Maryland Woman’s Body Found After Last Possible Sighting On New Year’s Eve

Keylin Yolibeth Chavez-Dominguez’s body was found in Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park after officers from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a “suspicious situation.”

By Dorian Geiger
Missing Maryland Woman’s Body Found, No Arrests Made

No arrests have been made after the body of a missing 20-year-old Maryland woman was found in a neighborhood park over the weekend. 

Keylin Yolibeth Chavez-Dominguez was reported missing on Jan. 2. She was last seen by friends and family on Dec. 30 at her apartment in the 12300 block of Braxfield Court, according to the Montgomery County Department of Police. 

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On Saturday, authorities responded to Upper Paint Branch Stream Valley Park after reports of a “suspicious situation,” police said in a press release Sunday. Upon arrival, officers located a female body believed to be that of Chavez-Dominguez. 

Her body was since transported to Baltimore for an official autopsy. A cause and manner of death haven’t been released, however police are investigating her death as a homicide. Police haven’t identified any possible suspects.

Authorities are now banking on the public’s assistance to help pinpoint Chavez-Dominguez’s killer. A $10,000 reward has been issued for any information leading to a homicide suspect in the case.  

A police handout of Keylin Yolibeth Chavez-Dominguez

Investigators, who have interviewed friends and family of the missing Maryland woman and carried out multiple searches, are still piecing together a potential timeline surrounding Chavez-Dominguez’s disappearance.

Police said that Chavez-Dominguez, who is Honduran, was in touch with boyfriend over text message on Dec. 30. The next day, Chavez-Dominguez was possibly sighted by a witness who claimed they saw Chavez-Dominguez leaving her Silver Spring apartment complex with a man, according to police.

On Friday, however, the Montgomery County Department of Police announced they had no new leads.

“Montgomery County Police detectives had been actively searching for Chavez-Dominguez since she was reported missing on January 2,” Shiera Goff, a public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department, told Oxygen.com on Monday. “In most cases, a missing person is located safe and unharmed, so it’s heartbreaking when the case ends tragically.”

Prior to the discovery of Chavez-Dominguez’s body, loved ones and those who knew her had expressed alarm regarding her disappearance and begged for her safe return.

"If she sees this report, please, please give a sign, even if it's something minimal," Francisco Lara, Chavez-Dominguez’s ex-boyfriend, told Telemundo. “A call or a message to whoever. We don't care where it is. We don't care who she's with, we only care about her well-being."

Her family had previously offered a $1,000 reward for any information related to her missing persons case.

Investigators previously described Chavez-Dominguez as standing approximately 5-feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, with short brown hair, green eyes and braces. Chavez-Dominguez also has a tattoo on her right arm of roses and a hummingbird and piercings in both her ears and nose. She was last seen wearing black shorts, a t-shirt and pink sandals.    

The case remains open and active. No further information was available on Monday.

Anyone with further information regarding Chavez-Dominguez’s disappearance is encouraged to call the Montgomery County Department of Police’s 24-hour tip line at 301-279-8000. Anonymous tips can also be made via Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 1-866-411-8477. 

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