Detectives Investigate Murder-Suicide in Reston

Reston Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate after a couple was found dead on a trail in Reston Wednesday afternoon.

Around 3 p.m., officers responded to the area of Stratton Woods Park, 2431 Fox Mill Road, after a community member found a man and a woman unconscious on a trail nearby. Officers found Patricia Garverick, 69, and Richard Garverick, 75, both of Herndon suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue personnel declared both deceased at the scene.

Preliminarily, detectives believe Richard shot his wife, Patricia, before shooting himself. Cartridge cases and a firearm were located at the scene. Their vehicle was found in the parking lot of Stratton Woods Park. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be completing autopsies to confirm manner and cause of death.

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

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