UPDATE: Body Found in Woodlawn Park Appears to be Missing 16-Year-Old; Homicide Investigation Underway
We are saddened to report detectives have tentatively identified the body found in Woodlawn Park this morning as that of missing 16-year-old Jholie Moussa. Her family has been notified. Detectives are investigating this as a homicide. The preliminary identification was based on appearance, including a tattoo. We are waiting on the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to positively identify the body and the cause and manner of death, which could occur as early as tomorrow. Patrol officers will hold the scene overnight.
The body was discovered this morning by police officers who were at Woodlawn Park conducting a search for Moussa. This was our second time searching the park based on investigative leads. Since Moussa was reported missing January 13, we have been working tirelessly. Detectives have conducted numerous interviews and continue to pursue leads in this case. We appreciate the help of our law enforcement partners, including the FBI, Norfolk Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
We are able to tentatively identify Moussa publicly because of written consent provided by the family, as required by the law.
(Original release date: January 26, 2018 around 4:45 p.m.)
Detectives Working to Identify Body Found in Woodlawn Park
Homicide and crime scene detectives are in Woodlawn Park this afternoon after our police officers discovered a body in a wooded area just off a path around 11 this morning. The park is in the 4800 block of Manor Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The body was almost entirely covered by leaves and brush. An investigator with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner arrived at the park early this afternoon. Our crime scene detectives will continue to process the scene for several hours. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Manassas.
In the event the body is identified as a juvenile, due to a new state law, we are prohibited from providing almost any information at all unless parental consent is provided. This law went into effect on July 1st of last year. It prohibits Virginia law enforcement agencies from directly or indirectly identifying deceased juvenile victims of a crime. The body won’t be identified until tomorrow at the earliest.
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