A Bethesda, Maryland father found his son’s dead body in the woods, after the teen failed to come home after a house party this weekend.
Friends say Navid Nicholas Sepehri, 17, went to a house party and got drunk Sunday night before cops came and busted it up.
They say they offered to get Sepehri an Uber home, but he refused and left the party on foot.
His father Frank grew concerned early Sunday morning, when he didn’t return home, so he started looking for him around 3am.
He even went to the police station – but says cops told him that the boy would probably turn up in the morning.
Navid Sepehri was found dead in the woods near his home on Sunday, after failing to return from a house party Saturday night
Navid never did, so his father continued searching around 8am, in his car and on foot.
He officially reported the boy missing at 12:46pm on Sunday, in an attempt to get cops to help him in the search, but says they did not aid him.
‘Police didn’t do anything for us. Nothing. Zero,’ he told NBC Washington. ‘Sitting in the shopping center, drinking coffee.’
Capt. Paul Starks refuted this claim, saying officers were searching the woods when Sepehri found his son Sunday night around 5pm.
Sepehri found his son laying in a small pool of water, in a wooded area between the Bannockburn swim club and the back of a row of houses – less than three miles from the Sepehri’s home.
Navid’s father found his body in these woods in Bethesda. The medical examiner says the teen died of ‘acute alcohol intoxication complicated by drowning and hypothermia’
Navid’s father Frank (right) spoke to NBC 4 Washington about his son’s death, but asked that his face not be shown on camera
He yelled so loudly that neighbors came out of their houses and ran to help, according to the Washington Post.
Sepehri pulled his son out of the water and then called his wife.
‘He’s gone,’ he said. ‘I found him.’
On Friday, Baltimore’s chief medical examiner released the findings of Navid’s autopsy, listing the cause of death as ‘acute alcohol intoxication complicated by drowning and hypothermia’.
Sepehri says investigators told him that they found a bottle of vodka in his son’s pocket.
Now he’s furious that someone possibly sold the alcohol to him, and wants to figure out who.
Navid grew up in Bethesda and had a younger sister. His family says he enjoyed soccer and karate.
He was a senior at Walt Whitman High School and planned to study computer science at the University of Maryland, College Park next year. He would have turned 18 next month.
‘He was always happy, always smiling,’ his father said.
On Tuesday,friends and family gathered outside the swim club near where Navid was found and lit candles on picnic tables.
Walt Whitman High School’s principal sent out an email on Sunday, which read in part: ‘For those of you who knew Navid, we ask that you remember and celebrate his love of art and commitment to others. For those of you who did not know Navid, we ask that you support Navid’s friends and family during this time of loss.’
The police department says they are reviewing their response to Navid’s disappearance.
It was also revealed after Navid’s body was found that he spoke to officers who came to break up the party.
‘Officers recognized that Sepehri may have been under the influence and confirmed with the juveniles that Sepehri would leave when the juveniles left,’ the police said in statement Tuesday night.
The owners of the home claim they told all of the teens to leave when uninvited guests brought liquor to the bash.