Michelle Miller, Adam Anthony Arndt found dead in Germantown
The father of the teenage girl who was found fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide frantically searched for his daughter when she stopped answering his texts and calls after leaving home to be with someone she said was suicidal.
Kevin Miller said his 17-year-old daughter, Michelle Lynne Miller, left their Rockville home about 9:15 p.m. Sunday after receiving a text from a friend that said he was feeling suicidal. Kevin Miller said he asked his daughter to text him the address where she would be when she arrived.
He said Michelle texted some vague information about the location, then stopped replying. However, she did send text messages to friends, including a goodbye text. Kevin Miller found out about the message and called police around midnight.
After getting more information from one of Michelle's friends, Kevin Miller found the Germantown home of 31-year-old Adam Anthony Arndt.
Police say the bodies of Arndt and Michelle were found in the bathroom of the townhome, located in the 12900 block of Pinnacle Drive, around 8:45 a.m. A firearm was discovered nearby.
The teen, a senior at Rockville High School, recently enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves to help pay her tuition at Arizona State University. Arndt, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, supervised her recruitment.
Police say they believe Arndt fatally shot Miller and then killed himself.
Michelle was set to start school in Arizona after completing basic training on June 15. Her family says she was enrolled both at Rockville High School and Montgomery County Community College. They say she wanted to be a psychotherapist and eventually treat soldiers with PTSD.
Arndt had served overseas in Korea, Germany and Turkey.
The 31-year-old Arndt was a native of Manitowoc, Wisc. He was deployed to Turkey from September 2009 to September 2010. Since January 2011, he had been detailed to a recruiting office in Columbia. His duties included visiting schools. Army recruiters are barred from having personal relationships with recruits.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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