Police in Virginia believe they have found the remains of a teenager who went missing while walking to a mosque with her friends.
Fairfax County police began their search for a 17-year-old girl, who was identified by friends as Nabra, around 4am Sunday.
Nabra and her friends were walking back from breakfast at IHOP when they were confronted by a man who drove by in a car, according to the Washington Post.
The man got out of his car and assaulted the girl.
Police in Virginia believe they have found the remains of a 17-year-old teen who went missing while walking to a mosque with her friends. Friends identified the missing teen as Nabra (left) and they arrested Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, and charged him with murder
All but one of the teens ran back to the mosque, where the group reported the girl had been left behind, authorities said.
The teen’s friends called police to the area of Drainsville Road and Woodson Drive in Herndon, after they couldn’t find Nabra.
Authorities later found a body in a pond near Ridgetop Circle in Sterling, Virginia.
‘At this point, there doesn’t seem to be indication this was a bias incident. It looks like they got into a dispute over something,’ Fairfax County Officer Tawny Wright said in a news conference Sunday evening.
Officers took a man, identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, into custody after he was driving suspiciously in the area as police were searching for the teen.
Torres was arrested and charged with murder. Authorities said they collected several articles of evidence but didn’t provide further details.
Police also said a baseball bat was recovered nearby.
Racial justice and civil rights activist, Linda Sarsour, expressed her outrage over the incident on Facebook.
Racial justice and civil rights activist, Linda Sarsour, expressed her outrage over the incident on Facebook. Pictured is Nabra with a friend
‘Nabra, you and your family will get justice.
’17 year old Muslim sister from the ADAMS Center beaten to death with a bat and thrown in a pond in Virginia. Driver of the car that stopped to assault Nabra and her friends is in custody.
Sarsour, who was one of four co-chairs for the Women’s March in January, continued: ‘This is NOT OKAY. This is NOT OKAY. As a mother of a 17 year old daughter – I am HEARTBROKEN. SHATTERED. Nowhere is safe.
‘During these last few days of Ramadan, please pray for Nabra and her family, and pray that God protects us and all of our children,’ Sarsour wrote.
The medical examiner’s office will confirm the identity of the remains found and the manner of death.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.