UPDATE: Mt. Vernon Homicide Suspect Charged with Murder

A Mt. Vernon man has been charged in connection with the murder of Micale Kebede, 31, of the City of Alexandria. Kebede’s body was found on Dec. 18 near a bridge at Old Mill Road and Gateshead Road in Mt. Vernon. Malik Salam, 41, was charged on Dec. 22 with unlawful disposal of a body. Today, detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau obtained an additional warrant for murder. Salam is being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

010920 Mugshot - Salam, Malik

(original release date: December 20, 2019)

UPDATE: Mt. Vernon Homicide Victim Identified

Mount Vernon District Station – Detectives have identified the body of a man found near a bridge at Old Mill Road and Gateshead Road in Mt. Vernon as Micale Kebede, 31, of the City of Alexandria.

Victim specialists from our Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the family of the victim is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

(original release date: December 19, 2019)

Homicide Investigation Underway after Body Found

Mount Vernon District Station – Detectives are investigating after the body of an adult man was discovered yesterday afternoon near a bridge at Old Mill Road and Gateshead Road. The man was located by a resident walking their dog. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine cause and manner of death. An autopsy revealed the man suffered trauma to the upper body. The identity of the victim will be released pending next of kin notification.

This is an active investigation and detectives are working to process evidence and interview witnesses. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety. Old Mill Road continues to remain closed due to the investigation.

Detectives are asking for anybody with information about this event to contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 4. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

This is the 12th homicide year to date in Fairfax County.

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