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Deceased Bethesda Man Sought Cab Ride to Trail Day He Went Missing

10 April 2017 News

The Bethesda, Maryland man whose remains were discovered by a hiker on the Appalachian Trail in Warren County on April 2 took a cab ride to the southern Warren County trail head the day he went missing 3-1/2 months earlier.

The Yellow Cab of Shenandoah office at the intersection of South Royal Avenue and South Street in Front Royal

Missing person photo of John Patrick Donohoe.

That December 13 cab ride was confirmed by Yellow Cab of the Shenandoah owner Tony Elar. Elar later estimated Donohoe walked into his Front Royal cab stand shortly after noon that day.

Thirty-six-year-old John Patrick Donohoe was reported missing the day after leaving his parents’ Bethesda home around 10:30 a.m. on December 13.  His parents told authorities they could not reach their son and were concerned about his “mental wellness” following his release from Suburban Hospital on December 12.

Elar said his driver warned Donohoe he was not dressed appropriately for the weather – according to the National Weather Service, temperatures were in the mid-20s to mid-30s in the Northern Valley on December 13.

Donohoe’s black, 2011 Chevy Equinox SUV was discovered on Fourth Street in Front Royal behind the post office on March 2.  According to Front Royal Police the car was locked, neat, and with no personal belongings in it.

On December 29, an Upper Marlboro, Maryland woman was charged on 4 counts of credit card fraud after being caught on security video running up $700 on Donohoe’s credit card.  Those charges stemming from incidents on December 22 and 23 were later dropped.  Chernor Sheriff, 25, admitted that her 37-year-old boyfriend Victor Sesay gave her the cards.  Sesay was never charged in the case.


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