SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Fairfax County police say the human remains discovered in Springfield on Saturday is believed to be a teenager reported missing last December in Maryland.
Police said detectives found the remains of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas near an industrial park in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road during a search that first originated at Lake Accotink Park.
An autopsy by the medical examiner's office found the victim suffered from trauma to the upper body and her death has been ruled a homicide.
Rivas is from Gaithersburg, Maryland in Montgomery County and was reported missing by her family on Dec. 10. Police said detectives are following up on several leads and this case remains under investigation.
Fairfax County detectives said there was great concern for Rivas' safety because of her known affiliation with local gangs in the area and they had been notified by authorities in Montgomery County several weeks ago that she was missing. Before Rivas' remains were found, detectives from Montgomery County were in Fairfax County assisting in the Springfield area search.
According to police sources in Fairfax County, they believe there will be at least one arrest made in the case later this week.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131. Tips can also be left at Crime Solvers at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or by text messaging "TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES(274637).