Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Woman from the Reston Area

Detectives of the Major Crimes Division Cold Case Section are searching for a missing 18-year-old woman, Madison Short. Police responded to her home in the 11600 block of North Point Court, in Reston, on Saturday, March 5 around 8 a.m. for reports she wanted to harm herself. Short had left the home prior to the officer’s arrival. Additional officers, K-9 and the police helicopter responded to search the area but she was not located.

Neither detectives nor family have been able to locate or contact her and are concerned for her welfare. A detention order has been issued for Short’s immediate apprehension and return. Anyone who sees or has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement immediately. Please use caution and do not approach her.


Short is described as white, 18 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds. She has blue-tinted hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a multi-colored Mexican-style poncho. Short often travels by bus and frequents the Reston, Chantilly and Fair Oaks areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.