A teen girl has been found dead in a pond after being assaulted while walking with friends to her mosque in Fairfax County, Virginia, early Sunday, while the man suspected of killing her has been charged with murder, police said.
Police believe a body found Sunday afternoon in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Virginia, is a 17-year-old girl from Reston who was reported missing in the area after the group of friends scattered during the 3 a.m. assault as they were headed to an all-night prayer session after getting food.
Police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said the girl had been walking back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center with friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a car early Sunday. The man assaulted her, and she became separated from her friends.
The girl’s name has not been released, but family friends and organizations condemning the attack have identified her as Nabra Hassanen.
At some point, residents in the area came across the group of friends and directed them to the mosque, where Nabra was reported missing, the mosque said in a statement Sunday night.
“Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS’ personnel notified both Loudon County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl,” the statement said.
Officers started searching for the girl about 4 a.m. Sunday in the area of Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon, Fairfax County Officer Tawny Wright said in a news conference Sunday evening.
Police searched a wooded area near Dranesville Road and Woodson Drive area in Herndon, Virginia, for several hours. Loudoun County authorities also helped in the investigation because the area borders the county.
During the search, an officer saw a car driving suspiciously in the area and pulled the driver over before taking him into custody.
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