Police find no evidence of hate crime after teen found dead near Virginia mosque

Virginia police are not investigating the death of a 17-year-old — whose body was found near a mosque — as a hate crime, they announced Monday morning.

Based on the information our detectives have at this point, there is no indication that this was a hate-bias motivated-related crime,” police said. “If that changes as the investigation progresses, we would certainly pursue that aspect.”

The remains found in a Virginia pond Sunday are believed to be those of a 17-year-old girl who went missing earlier in the day after she and her friends left a mosque, according to police.

Fairfax County police charged Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, Virginia, with murder in connection with the case. Torres was arraigned Monday morning and held without bail, according to an official at the Fairfax County Courthouse. It is unclear if he entered a plea.

The teenage girl, whose identity has not been released, was walking outside with a group of friends when she got into a dispute with a man in a car at around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to police. The man got out of the car and allegedly assaulted the girl.

She eventually became separated from her friends, who ran away from the scene and called the police after they realized she was missing, according to authorities.

Police arrested Torres after a search and later obtained a murder warrant charging him with her death. It was not immediately clear whether he had obtained an attorney.

“The Office of The Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the identity of the remains and determine the exact cause and manner of death; however, detectives do believe the remains are those of our missing teen,” the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement Sunday.

The remains were found…

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