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Police Say Reston Teenager Was Abducted, Killed Early Sunday Morning

by Dave Emke June 18, 2017 at 8:25 pm 12 Comments

(This article was updated at 9:05 p.m. with information that the girl is believed to be a South Lakes High School student, and again at 9:45 p.m. after police confirmed the girl was from Reston.)

Police say a body found this afternoon is likely that of a Reston teenager who went missing after an overnight activity in the Herndon area, and a Sterling man is in jail facing a murder charge.

Tawny Wright, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Police Deparment, said during a media briefing that officers responded at about 4 a.m. Sunday for a report of friends who couldn’t find a member of their group. Officers initiated a search for a 17-year-old girl in the area of Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive, near an unidentified facility the teens had left.

“Our investigation has determined that she was out walking with her friends when, for some reason, they got into a dispute with a man driving a car,” Wright said. “We’re looking into the details of exactly what happened, but for some reason, the man got out of the vehicle and he assaulted one of the group.”

Wright said the girl who was assaulted was the missing teenager, whom she did not identify. After a search that was assisted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the grisly discovery was made at about 3 p.m. Sunday.

“Remains of a female were found in a pond off of Ridgetop Circle,” Wright said. “Detectives unfortunately do believe that was our victim, but the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will confirm the remains’ identity and determine the exact cause and manner of death.”

South Lakes High School sent an email Sunday evening saying it is believed the girl was a student there. Principal Kim Retzer wrote:

“Police are investigating the death of a teen who was reported missing earlier today. It’s believed that the missing teen is one of our students and while we await further news about this very sad incident, I would also ask that you refrain from engaging in rumor and speculation on social media about today’s events.

I wanted you to be aware of these developments and to inform you that we will have crisis counselors at the school beginning tomorrow morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.”

A suspect in the case was arrested Sunday morning after being spotted “driving suspiciously” in the area of the girl’s disappearance. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling has been charged with murder in the case.

The girl went missing very near to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, leading to questions about whether the crime was bias-related. Wright said there “doesn’t seem to be an indication” of that, but “those are details that will come out.”

Numerous individuals on Twitter have connected the victim of the crime to the ADAMS Center.

Mike Chapman, Loudoun County sheriff, said the situation is heart-breaking.

“I just can’t think of a worse instance to occur with the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day,” Chapman said. “As the father of a 17-year-old myself, I can’t think of anything worse than confronting that.”

More details about this case will be provided as they become available.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Horrible 🙁 Glad they caught the suspect.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    My condolences to the family, friends and acquaintances of the deceased girl.

  • Ghouliani

    More Trump anger showing itself and no tweets from Trump because Trump’s concerned about his hero Alex Jones the angry midget.

    • The Constitutionalist

      You really took a look at the suspect and this tragedy and connected it to President Trump?

      My God, you really need to seek help.

      • Ghouliani

        What morons like you claim to know about the Constitution would barely fill a thimble.

    • Embarrassed Liberal

      It’s people like you that encourage these crimes with that type of statement. You should be ashamed of yourself for saying it.

      • Ghouliani

        Your real handle is embarrassed republican after you voted for bush twice and now lie about just like you’ll be claiming that you never voted for Trump, you pathetic dim wit.

    • ace10lotus

      Could you possibly be any more clueless?

      • Ghouliani

        No could you, you pathetic half wit.

    • Ghouliani

      Oh lookie, it’s a bunch of clueless right wing moronic Trump voters who think it’s ok only when Trump tweets about someone of the Muslim faith killing someone,where’s Trump the ignorant crooked bigot on this, not stirring up an more Islama phobia, you dumb inbreds.

      vvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

  • Richard

    So sad for this wonderful family. SLHS, Langston Hughes, Forest Edge, their neighbors and community are weeping today.

  • Kim C

    So sorry for the loss of this young beautiful soul. I pray for her family to help heal each other.

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