Human remains found in a Virginia pond are believed to belong to a teen who went missing early Sunday on her way to a mosque in Fairfax County, according to police.
The victim, identified by authorities with her first name, Nabra, was walking with a group of friends for an all-night prayer session after breaking their Ramadan fast when she got into a dispute with a man in a car at approximately 4 a.m., according to Fairfax County Police Department and NBC Washington.
During the confrontation, the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, Virginia, is believed to have gotten out of his vehicle to assault the victim, police said.
Community members from All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) made contact with the 17-year-old’s group and called Loudon County and Fairfax County authorities, according to an ADAMS statement.
After an extensive search by local authorities, including the use of a helicopter and K-9 teams, a body believed to be the teen’s was found about 3 p.m. in a pond about three miles from where the initial altercation took place.
Police said a baseball bat was recovered, but did not specify where it was found, according to NBC Washington.
Martinez Torres was charged with the murder of the 17-year-old, police said in a statement.
Police said The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to identify the remains and determine the manner of death. However, in the police statement, authorities said they are confident the body belongs to the teen.
“I just can’t think of a worse instance to occur with the loss of a 17-year-old on Father’s Day,” Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman said at the news conference. “As a father of a 17-year-old myself, I can’t think of anything worse than confronting that on this particular day.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Kalhan Rosenblatt