Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that officers took 10 suspects into custody in connection with the death of a Gaithersburg teenager, according to a police news release.
Police charged the suspects with abduction and gang participation, according to the release.
Police said detectives from both Fairfax and Montgomery counties continue to investigate the killing of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas of Gaithersburg, whose death they confirmed Monday. Her body was found in Springfield, Va.
“As our investigation develops, we have determined that the victim was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park and assaulted before she was killed and left nearby in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road,” according to the news release.
She attended Watkins Mill High School before her mother reported her missing two months ago.
Fairfax police said six suspects are teens and four are adults.
- Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, 11900 block of Winterthur Lane, Reston, Va.
- Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address
- Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, 7000 block of Skyles Way, Springfield, Va.
- Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, 5800 block of Brunswick Street, Springfield, Va.
Police also arrested a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and one 17-year-old girl and charged them with abduction and gang participation.
Police said they believe Reyes Rivas suffered upper-body trauma.
Fairfax Police said they believe the events occurred on or around Jan. 8.
Montgomery County Police said in a news release Tuesday detectives are investigating Reyes Rivas’ death as a homicide.
Montgomery County Police said Reyes Rivas had disappeared from home for eight days in November and did not attend school during her absence, but remained in contact with her mother, who had reported her daughter missing.
Due to this behavior, Reyes Rivas’ mother made plans to have her daughter live out-of-state with a family member. Reyes Rivas learned of her mother’s plans and left home again on December 10.
Montgomery County Police said Reyes Rivas used social media to contact her mother several times as late as January. She told her mother that she was not harmed, that she was not in danger and that she did not want to return home.
Police said they heard from Fairfax detectives they believed Reyes Rivas might be with gang members in the Fairfax jurisdiction. They worked together to investigate until police confirmed her death.
Fairfax police ask anyone with information to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131 or texting “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES (274637).