MURDER USA: Body Found in Woodlawn Park is Jholie Moussa; Homicide Investigation Underway
FAIRFAX, VA. – Fairfax Police have positively identified the body of a teen found dead in a park as that of a teenage female missing for two weeks and confirm that they are investigating the death as a homicide.
“We are saddened to report detectives have tentatively identified the body found in Woodlawn Park this morning as that of missing 16-year-old Jholie Moussa. Her family has been notified. Detectives are investigating this as a homicide. The preliminary identification was based on appearance, including a tattoo. We are waiting on the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to positively identify the body and the cause and manner of death, which could occur as early as tomorrow. Patrol officers will hold the scene overnight.”
The body was discovered on Jan. 26, 2018 by police officers who were at Woodlawn Park conducting a search for Moussa. This was the second-time police were searching the park based on investigative leads. Since Moussa was reported missing January 13, 2018, Police say that they have been working tirelessly to find the teen. Detectives have conducted numerous interviews and continue to pursue leads in this case.
Fairfax Police noted the assistance of law enforcement partners, including the FBI, Norfolk Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Fairfax Police reported that they are able to tentatively identify Moussa publicly because of written consent provided by the family, as required by the law.