Slain principal was still alive late Wednesday
Montgomery County detectives putting together a time-line of slain principal Brian Betts's final hours have learned he was still alive at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokesman confirmed Monday.
Betts didn't go to work the next day. Co-workers became concerned and eventually went to check on him. One was able to get inside his front door, and called police, who discovered the body about 7:40 p.m. Thursday inside the Silver Spring house. He was clothed, inside a bedroom with at least one gunshot wound, according to authorities.
Police on Monday also released new details about the discovery of Betts’s Nissan Xterra SUV, which was missing from his home when he was found Thursday night.
A citizen called police on Saturday to report seeing the vehicle parked in Southeast D.C., about 14 miles from Betts’s house. Police believe the car was left there sometime between noon and 3 p.m. on Friday. Detectives also have spoken to a witness who told them he saw two people exiting the Xterra after it had been parked, Capt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman, said Monday.
It’s unclear how solid the witness is. And if what he says is true, detectives will have to figure out if the two men were at Betts’s house, or if they came to possess the Xterra from someone who was.
Betts was a well-regarded principal at Shaw Middle School in D.C.
-- Dan Morse
April 19, 2010; 3:04 PM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery
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