Authorities: Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested


Loudoun and Fairfax County detectives believe the remains found in a pond on Ridgetop Circle belong to a missing Reston 17-year-old girl. The man then got out of the auto and assaulted the victim, Fairfax County Police Officer Tawny Wright said in a press conference. Police said It appears the suspect, Darwin A. Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, got out of his auto and allegedly "assaulted" the victim. Police said the girl's friends then later reported they could not find her and police were called to help.

According to accounts from police and mosque officials, all of the teens except for one ran back inside the mosque.

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Police said they looked into whether the murder was a hate crime but found no evidence it was. Police said the Office of the Chief Medical Examine will confirm whether the body is that of the missing teen and determine the cause and manner of death.

Fairfax County Police are leading the investigation in the incident because it began as a missing person case in Fairfax.

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WRC-TV reported that a baseball bat was recovered in the area - information could not be independently confirmed.

The teenager had been participating in at a sleepover at a religious institution that authorities did not identify.

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"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", the society said in the news release. "It is a time of us to come together to pray and care for our youth". Muslims are now celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.