Missing: Michael Poe

Dear PoPville,

Recently one of my friends went missing in Adams Morgan on New Years Day. We are desperate to spread the word to try and find him as soon as possible. We are desperate to find him and it would mean the world to our community, friends and family to find him and to bring him home. Here is a link with his picture and information provided by the Montgomery County Police:

“Michael Steven Poe, age 23, of the 22900 block of Peach Tree Road in Clarksburg, was last seen at approximately 12:30 a.m. on January 1 at Shenanigans Bar in the Adams Morgan area of DC. Poe was with friends at that time. The group then split up, and Poe never returned from DC. He was last heard from via cell phone at approximately 2:30 a.m. on January 1.

Poe is described as a white male, 5’11″ tall, and weighing approximately 175 pounds. He has red hair and hazel eyes.”

Sad Update from ABC7:

“D.C. Police confirmed that the man found dead inside of a ventilation unit is Michael Steven Poe, 23, who was reported missing after New Years Eve.”

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  • Hope you find him safe and sound.

  • I hope it just turns out that he met someone and is having an extended holiday weekend shag.

  • Praying for Michael to be safe, lets all us prayer warriors lift Michael up to God, him be found, come quickly home safe to his family. Such a great young man and son is Michael,Father please have Michael safely return home. Amen

  • I hope this young man turns up safe.
    Where was he during the 2:30 phone call? Is it thought that he could still be in Adams Morgan? Was he staying in DC or was he to return to clarksburg that night? How was he to get home?

  • burritosinstereo

    I was walking home from the Teeter last night and saw a sign taped to a lamppost asking anyone to with info to contact a detective. This is horribly sad.

  • burritosinstereo

    Also, what exactly IS a ventilation unit and how could one end up inside of one, assuming that foul play isn’t involved??

    • The article mentions there was a party on the rooftop of this building that night. A ventilation shaft might extend the entire height of a building and be accessible from the roof.

      • bfinpetworth

        If that young man accidently fell down a “ventilation shaft” during a rooftop party, that apartment building better be checking its insurance – because that sounds like an easily preventable accident. So so sad. Thoughts are with the friends and family.

        • I’m wondering if this is a rooftop that was supposed to be off-limits… I’d imagine that a rooftop that was regularly accessible to residents would have railings, etc. around a place where someone might fall.

          • That’s the theory I read about elsewhere, that this rooftop doesn’t even have a deck, and that people were observed or heard crossing over from an adjoining building.

    • A ventilation shaft is nothing more than an open space — a hole, actually — in the middle of the building from ground floor to rooftop. It allows light and air to reach the interior units on lower floors.

  • May god be with the family and friends of this boy during this time.

  • God, this is so sad. I mean, I’ve been stupidly drunk in Adams Morgan so many times, as has everyone I know. A good reminder to be careful and take care of oneself. Thoughts are with his family and friends today.

  • this is so sad. thoughts are with his family and friends. according to wapo he was on a rooftop of an apt building at a party…how did no one see/hear a fall like this??? people don’t leave your friends stumbling around!

  • Something sort of similar happened in Van Ness in the spring of 2010:

    From NBC-TV 4: “D.C. police are trying to figure out how a man fell 100 feet to his death Saturday morning, down a smokestack of a high-rise apartment building.

    Police responded at 3:45 a.m. to the Connecticut House Apartments at 4500 Connecticut Ave. N.W. at the intersection of Albemarle Street.

    Thomas Phillips IV, 22, of Alexandria, Va., was drinking with friends when he suddenly climbed up on a smokestack, according to witnesses. He then lost his footing and fell about 10 floors. Crews found him at the bottom of the shaft in the lower level. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Police say there are no signs of foul play.

    Police said Phillips was not a resident of the building where the accident happened.”

    Even accompanied by friends, alcohol and rooftops can be a really dangerous combination.

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