Body of Emily Lu Found and Man Charged

West Springfield Police District – The person of interest is in custody after detectives found the body of Emily Lu. Yesterday evening, detectives received information that Ms. Lu may be in the area of Dudley Drive and Laurel Crest Drive in Lorton. Detectives responded to that area and located Ms. Lu in the woods near the traffic circle. Sadly, she was deceased. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. 

Brian George Sayrs Jr., 25, of Woodbridge, was charged with second degree murder and felony concealment of a body. He is being held at the Adult Detention Center without bond. Sayrs Jr. was a tenant at Ms. Lu’s home at the time of her disappearance.  

Detectives continue to investigate to determine the circumstances surrounding Ms. Lu’s death. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web –Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.    

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.    

This is being investigated as the 13th homicide year to date in Fairfax County.    

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(Originally published on July 15, 2021) 

Detectives Investigate Person of Interest in Missing Person Case 

West Springfield Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes and Cyber and Forensics Bureau have developed a person of interest in the ongoing investigation of the disappearance of Emily Lu. Ms. Lu was last seen around 7:52 p.m. on Jun. 3 at the Aldi at 1329 Gordon Plaza in Woodbridge. Officers began investigating her disappearance after Ms. Lu did not show up to work on June 4. Her car was found parked in her driveway at her home in the 9200 block of Davis Drive in Lorton. During the early stages of the investigation, detectives suspected foul play in her disappearance. Since she was reported missing, detectives have coordinated multiple ground and air searches surrounding her home and areas they believe Ms. Lu may be. Efforts to find Ms. Lu have been extensive, thorough and ongoing. Based on the evidence found at her home and the change in Ms. Lu’s lifestyle, detectives believe that foul play led to Ms. Lu’s disappearance. Today, detectives are announcing they are actively investigating a person of interest who they believe is involved in Ms. Lu’s disappearance and renew their call for the public’s help in locating her. 

Click here to watch press conference. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information about her disappearance to contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 6. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to help support Lu’s family as we continue to search for her.

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @FairfaxCountyPD 

(Originally published June 15, 2021) 

Reward Offered for Information Related to Missing Person, Emily Lu 

West Springfield Police District – A $20,000 reward is now being offered through Crime Solvers for information related to the disappearance of Emily Lu. Today, Chief Davis, Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Commander of the Major Crimes and Cyber and Forensics Bureaus, joined Ms. Lu’s family and members of our Victim Services Division outside our Public Safety Headquarters today to announce the reward after anonymous donations to Fairfax County Crime Solvers. Watch the press conference here

Detectives continue to follow up on active leads and have been speaking with Ms. Lu’s current and previous tenants. Major O’Carroll updated the community about the investigation after detectives found evidence inside Ms. Lu’s residence indicating a crime may have occurred. Detectives are asking anyone with information about her disappearance to contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 6.    

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.      

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to help support Lu’s family as we continue to search for her.    

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @FairfaxCountyPD.  

(Originally published on June 14, 2021) 

Detectives Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Lorton Woman 

West Springfield Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate the disappearance of seventy-two-year-old Emily Lu. Officers responded to Lu’s home in the 9200 block of Davis Lane in Lorton on Friday June 4 at 2:26 p.m. after her employer requested a welfare check when she did not show up for work. Lu’s car was discovered in the driveway with groceries recently purchased from a nearby store. Officers checked the home and spoke with neighbors but were unable to find her. A family member contacted officers that afternoon and provided an address in Belle Haven that Lu frequents. Officers checked the home but did not find her.  

Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance. While searching Lu’s home, detectives uncovered evidence suggesting she may have been harmed inside. Based on these preliminary investigative findings, her absence from work and the unusual lack of response to family members, detectives believe she is missing under suspicious circumstances.   

Further investigation revealed Lu was last seen at the Aldi, 1329 Gordon Plaza in Woodbridge, around 7:52 p.m. on Jun 3. Lu arrived home but never took all of her groceries inside. Below is footage from when Lu was seen at Aldi on June 3. 

“Our Major Crimes detectives are working tirelessly to determine what led up to Mrs. Lu’s disappearance. They continue to work closely with officers from our Search and Rescue and detectives from our Crime Scene and Cyber and Forensics team. We remain committed to providing her family with answers and want anyone with answers to come forward with information to assist with our investigation.” – Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Commander, Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics. 

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to help support Lu’s family as we continue to search for her.   

This remains an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 6.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.     

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @FairfaxCountyPD.