NW DC Trauma Victim Identified as Gary Dederichs of Denver, Colo.

A man found dead of apparent trauma Tuesday evening in Northwest DC has been identified as Gary Dederichs, a 66-year old Denver, Colorado man.

Dederichs was a registered user with travel site Airbnb, which connects travelors with those willing to host them. His profile shows that he used the service at least three times including in Paris. One host wrote of his stay:

He was an amazing guest like a gift :)) Very kind, friendly and definitely has a kind of humour. Very respectful to the flat, environment and me 🙂 highlt recommended to every host.

Dederichs wrote of himself:

My name is Gary, I’m a retired ,neat, quiet gentleman. I’ve used Airbnb twice before and had great experience’s. I’m interested in learning about different culture’s and looking forward to my stay in Istanbul.
Looking forward to meeting you,

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MPD’s press release is below.

April 25, 2012

Homicide: 800 block of Emerson Street, NW

(Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide which occurred in the 800 block of Emerson Street, Northwest.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at approximately 6:02 pm, units from the Fourth District responded to the 800 block of Emerson Street, Northwest, for the report of an unconscious person. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male victim, suffering from apparent head trauma. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and determined that the victim had no signs consistent with life and was later pronounced dead by a member of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 66 year-old Gary Dederichs of Denver, Colorado.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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