On Sunday, human remains were found in a Virginia pond, and they are believed to be the remains of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.
According to the Washington Post, police say the teen was assaulted and disappeared after leaving a mosque in the Sterling area with a group of her friends.
Police identified Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, as the man charged with the murder. At the moment, this is not being investigated as a hate crime.
According to the police and the mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), said the group of girls were walking back from IHOP when they were approached by a motorist.
According to Deputy Aleksandra Kowalski, the girls ran back to the mosque, where they reported that Hassanen had been left behind. The mosque said in a statement, “Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS’ personnel notified both Loudoun County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl.”
Authorities organized a search and found the remains of the girl around 3 pm on Sunday. During their search, they said they saw a motorist suspiciously driving in the area. They arrested Torres and collected evidence, but the evidence collected was not mentioned.
The chairman of the mosque said that during the last 10 days of Ramadan, the mosque holds extra prayers around midnight and 2 am. Members usually get breakfast at the local McDonald’s or IHOP before they start their fast at sunrise, and that was what Hassanen and her friends were doing.
Hassanen’s mother reportedly said that detectives said she was hit with a metal bat.
Tawny Wright, a spokesperson for the Fairfax police said, that officers believe the remains found belong to the teen, but they will be taken to the chief medical examiner’s office and will confirm the identity and manner of death.
We send our condolences to the family of Nabra Hassanen.