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In memory of John Slarb

Created by Family Of John Slarb

John Slarb

My younger brother John always protected me growing up. However, as an adult, I couldn't protect him against the dangers of drugs. I don't know all the details of his drug habit, but he paid the ultimate price - his life. I remember the day he went missing back in April of 1999. My mother and I went to Kelly's house for a personal Mary Kay party. She mentioned that she couldn't get a hold of John. Mom contacted the Charles County (Maryland)Sheriff's office to report a missing person. I remember seeing his picture in our local newspaper andT.V. station. We tried to joke and say he went to Florida just to "get away." Mom and I met with "America's Most Wanted" and they agreed to feature a quick "missing person" segment on him. It was the Saturday night before Mother's Day, Mom and I (and the rest of our family) watched as John Walsh described mybrother's disappearance. It was ironic, but the D.C. mobile crime officer who was involved in identifying my brother's body was watching the program that night too. When they showed a picture of my brother's tattoo, he immediately recognized it as their "John Doe." Of course, it wasn't that simple to positively ID him, but within a manner of days, we received the devastating news. John was a heavy-equipment operator, but on this particular rainy day, the work day ended early. He gavea co-worker a ride home and from there it's mostly speculation, but it's believed he bought drugsfromthe co-worker's sister andsomethingwent terribly wrong. After injecting the drug (cocaine or heroin), heoverdosed.Thesistermust've freaked out because hisbody was wrapped in a blanket and left in a nearby dumpster, minus his new workboots and wallet.His body stayed in that dumpster for several days, untilthe apartment maintenance man discovered his body. Without any ID, helaid in the D.C. morgue for two weeks as a "John Doe." If it had not been for that segment on "America's Most Wanted," who knows when we would've found him. He leaves behind three beautiful daughters, Shawna, Crystal and Kim.

This Memorial was created to commemorate a loved one's life and to let other families know they can turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for help when struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. Please consider sharing this page to increase awareness of substance use disorders and to provide hope and healing for others.

Guest Book


1. Angie (ex Wife)
Yes, that would of been John. He passed way to young.
2. John Braga
If this is the correct John Slarb (all signs point to it is) then he was a friend of mine back in the mid 70s, on Bolling AFB in Washington DC. I used to ride to school with his sister Christina, all the way to Wilson High. It was a long time ago but I remember John being a good friend. Never would have suspected he'd meet an untimely end this way. So sorry.
3. Shawna
I love you Daddy and I miss you everyday. You have 4 of the most beautiful grand baby's ever. My youngest looks so much like you. There's not a day that goes by that my heart doesn't ache for you. Missing you
4. Shawna Slarb
I love you Daddy not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Wish you were here everyday
5. Julie
So sorry for your loss. Thinking about you today on this sad anniversary.
6. Keith Reed
I attended Francis Jr. High School in N.W. Washington D.C.(1974-1977). In my first year one of my classmates was a nice quiet kid with mop-hair and an overbite named John Slarb. If this is the same individual I wish a prayer for his memory and condolences to his family.
7. Mona Casey
Christine, I am so sorry that it ended this way for your brother and protector. Battling drugs is extremely difficult for both the user and those who love them. Although it's too late for John, the best thing to do now is prevent his children from going down the same path. God bless you all!
8. Shelby Cherney
I am so sorry.