Nabra, 17, went missing June 18 during an overnight event at her mosque in Sterling. Police believe they found her remains after a day-long search. Photo/LaunchGood.
Loudoun and Fairfax County detectives believe the remains found in a pond on Ridgetop Circle belong to a missing Reston 17-year-old girl. A Sterling man has been arrested and charged with her murder.
The girl and several of her friends were taking part in overnight Ramadan activity at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center mosque in Sterling when they walked over to a nearby McDonald’s the morning of June 18. According to the Fairfax Police Department, the group got into an altercation on the way back to the mosque with a man who drove by them. The man then got out of the car and assaulted the victim, Fairfax County Police Officer Tawny Wright said in a press conference.
After the assault, the girls returned to the mosque where they realized their friend was missing and called the police, Board of Trustees Chair Rizwan Jaka said in a statement.
The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office searched all day for the missing teen, who has been identified by members of the community as Nabra. Around 3 p.m., detectives found a body in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle.
Detectives believe the remains are those of the missing teen, however a medical examiner has not yet confirmed this, Wright said. The autopsy is scheduled for June 19.
While searching the area of Dranesville Road between the Route 7 shopping center and Sugarland Road on the Fairfax/Loudoun County border, detectives saw a car driving suspiciously. The driver, Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, was identified as a suspect and taken into custody and charged with murder.
Fairfax Police have said the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime.
“We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event,” Jaka said. “It is a time of us to come together to pray and care for our youth.”
ADAMS has licensed counselors on site to assist anyone affected by the event, Jaka said. Members of the community have also set up a crowdsourcing site on behalf of the Nabra’s family.
This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. on June 19 to include the destination of the girls before the attack and the name of the victim. This is a developing story and will be further updated as more information becomes available.