Remains found in Fairfax pond, police charge man with murder

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Police have made an arrest in the death of a 17-year-old Herndon girl who went missing early this morning, an hour after they discovered female remains in a pond in Sterling.

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling,

Investigators say that the girl was walking with friends when she got into a dispute with a man driving the car. They say the man got out and assaulted her, and her friends report they couldn’t find her after that incident, around 4 a.m.

Officers began to search for the girl, stopped a car they report was “driving suspiciously”, and took the driver into custody as a suspect. Around 3 p.m. the same day, police found the remains of a female were found in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle in Sterling. An hour later, they announced that they had charged Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, with murder.

“Detectives believe it is our missing teen,” stated the Fairfax County Police Department on Twitter. “We are working closely w the family to provide assistance. @LoudounSheriff has been an invaluable resource to this investigation.”