D.C. principal found dead at Md. home, SUV missing

April 17, 2010

Montgomery County police say they are investigating the death of a D.C. school principal as a homicide.

Police say a co-worker found 42-year-old Brian Betts dead in his Silver Spring home in the 9300 block of Columbia Boulevard on Thursday evening after he failed to report to work. Police say Betts' SUV is missing.

Police say preliminary autopsy results show the cause of Betts' death was homicide and the manner of his death was by gunshot.

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says Betts joined Shaw Middle School in northwest D.C. in the 2008-09 academic year. She called him an inspirational leader for teachers and students.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Betts' dark blue 2007 Nissan Xterra with Maryland registration 562M222 is asked to call police.

— Associated Press

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