Two sets of remains found in Fairfax park

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UPDATE: Fairfax County Police announced Friday that two sets of human remains were found in Holmes Run Park in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Chief of Police will be holding a press conference at 11:00 a.m.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va, --Tuesday night, police started searching for human remains in Holmes Run Park in Alexandria and Lemon Road Park in Falls Church.  By midday Wednesday, detectives suspended the search at Lemon Road Park saying they no longer believed any remains were buried there.  The search in Holmes Run Park temporarily suspended at sundown, but is expected to resume early Thursday.

According to police, multiple agencies from Fairfax and Montgomery County teamed up to search for human remains in Holmes Road Park, after they received a tip from a private, trusted source.

“I can only tell you that the tip is not from neighbors, not from the general public, it’s a source that detectives are familiar with,” explained Fairfax Police Spokesperson Don Gotthardt.

Police said the Gang Unit is involved in the investigation.

DCW50 asked if this incident is at all connected to gang activity that lead police to find 15 year old Damaris Reyes’ body in the woods about 5 miles from Holmes Road Park.

“I have been told that it is not related to that, even though there is a strong possibility that this is gang related,” Gotthardt responded.

Neighbors said this was not the first time they had investigators combing through the woods in their backyards, saying the park attracts late night, illegal activity.

“It has happened before,” said Steve Barrett.  “The wooded park is a very private and dark place; you can do that kind of stuff at night undetected.”

However, with play sets and tire swings in front yards, neighbors said they were concerned because gang activity is on the rise, and searches for human remains seem to be happening more often.

Anyone with additional information related to this case is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800, or Crime Solvers electronically by visiting or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.