UPDATE: Person of Interest Identified in Death of Jholie Moussa; In Custody for Separate Felony Assault
Detectives have identified a 17-year-old person of interest in the death of Jholie Moussa. He was arrested on January 18 for a previous felony assault against Jholie and remains in custody. Detectives conducting interviews during the search for Jholie learned of a previously unreported crime in which she was the victim. The person in custody has been charged with felony assault. He has not been charged in her death and is not being named due to his age.
Jholie was reported missing by her family on January 13 from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County after they had not seen or heard from her since the previous evening. The 16-year-old’s body was found in a park in the 4800 block of Manor Drive last Friday during one of our searches.
Major Richard Perez, Commander of our Major Crimes Bureau said today, “The department’s efforts towards resolving this case and bringing a measure of justice for Jholie and her family continues, and will be relentless. Every resource necessary has been, and will continue to be deployed.”
Jholie was last seen on Friday, January 12 and reported missing the following evening by family members who had not seen or heard from her. Our patrol officers took the initial report Saturday evening and began the investigation. At that point, Jholie was entered in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. They conducted interviews and searches both Saturday and Sunday and followed investigative leads. Friends’ homes and local hangouts were among the places officers searched early on. Contact was also made with Old Dominion University Police after reports early on that Jholie was heading to a party at ODU. Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau joined the investigation Monday. They obtained records from phones and social media accounts looking for clues. The next day, the Washington Field Office of the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) joined the effort. That evening, Jholie was also upgraded in NCIC to an endangered missing person due to lack of contact with her family and friends via phone and social media for such a long time. This was something deemed out of the norm for Jholie.
Other agencies including Old Dominion University Police, Norfolk Police, and both the Philadelphia and Norfolk Field Offices of the FBI have also been assisting. The investigation will continue for as long as it takes for detectives to resolve this case and bring forth appropriate charges against the person(s) responsible for Jholie’s death.
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(Original release date: January 30, 2018)
UPDATE: News Conference Today; Person of Interest Identified in the Death of Jholie Moussa
Major Richard Perez, Commander of the Major Crimes Bureau, will update the community on the investigation into the death of 16-year-old Jholie Moussa who was reported missing on January 13. Her body was found in Woodlawn Park last Friday by officers who were searching for her.
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(Original release date: January 29, 2018)
Update: Body Found in Woodlawn Park Positively Identified as Jholie Moussa
Mount Vernon Police District – Our homicide detectives were able to confirm the identity of the body found in Woodlawn Park Friday as missing 16-year-old Jholie Moussa, during an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The autopsy results are pending. At this time, we believe this is an isolated incident. We are continuing to investigate every lead.
(Original Release: January 26, 2018 around 7:30 p.m.)
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 as required by the law.
(Original Release: January 26, 2018 around 5:45 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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(Original Release: January 17, 2018)
UPDATE: FBI Joins Our Investigation to Find Missing Girl
The FBI Washington Field Office is now partnering with our detectives to find a 16-year-old girl missing from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. 16-year-old Jholie Moussa was last seen on Friday, January 12, in the 4200 block of Sonia Court. She was reported missing on Saturday and our detectives have been actively working to find her since then.
Detectives continue to speak with her family and friends and are examining cell phone data. Detectives have spoken to approximately 20 people who have recently had contact with Moussa. Many of those 20 people are friends of Moussa who are not fully cooperating with investigators. Detectives at this point have no evidence that she is in immediate danger, though we want her brought home safely.
We ask anyone who may have information regarding Moussa to contact us at 703-691-2131. You may also contact the FBI Washington Field Office at 202-278-2000 or https://tips.fbi.gov. You can remain anonymous.
(Original release date: January 15, 2018)
Have You Seen This 16 Year Old?
Mount Vernon Police District – Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Jholie Moussa. She was last seen in the 4200 block of Sonia Court on Friday, January 12, around 4:30 p.m. Moussa is around 5’2” and weighs around 105 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black coat with a fur collar, a plaid shirt, and blue jeans with UGG boots.
Moussa was reported missing to us on Saturday, January 13. Since Saturday, our officers and detectives have been to the home four times and spoken with the family on numerous occasions by phone.
Detectives believe that Moussa left her home voluntarily. Based on the facts of the case there is nothing that indicates that Moussa is in any danger. She has been entered as a runaway juvenile in the National Crime Information Center database.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Moussa is asked to contact us at 703-691-2131.
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