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A University of Maryland student who had been missing since Dec. 19 was found dead inside his vehicle nearly 10 days after his disappearance.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, Prince George's police discovered David Johnathan Scherr, 20, unresponsive inside his Ford Escape parked near Route 197 and Route 450.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

The Class of 2014 UM student was a graduate of Pikesville High School in Baltimore County.

Prince George's police said Scherr was last seen near the UM campus in College Park Dec. 19, noting that he suffers from depression and was in need of his medication once he was missing.

A phone number for Scherr’s family could not be located.

Scherr played tuba in the Gamer Symphony Orchestra, a UM-based student-run ensemble that performs arrangements of video game music.

Orchestra director Kira Levitzky said Scherr was the treasurer of the group. She said the group had been holding an online fundraiser to raise $4,000 to purchase the tuba that Scherr had been renting.

The last time Levitzky saw him was during the Gamer Symphony Orchestra’s fall concert Dec. 1, she said.

“David is a really sweet guy. I didn’t know anything about him, as far as whether he had depression or not. He just seemed like a happy-go-lucky guy, very sweet,” she said prior to police discovering his body. “He’s like family to us."

Mark Limansky, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, said the department had been aiding county police in the search.

Limansky said Scherr lived off campus, which is why county police led the investigation and not university police.

djgross@gazette.net