Updated at 5:10 p.m.
By Chris Teale and Erich Wagner (File photo)
Alexandria police confirmed Friday afternoon that its suspicious death investigation at Four Mile Run Park is being treated as a homicide.
Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said officers, with help from the Fairfax County Search and Rescue Urban Team, conducted a search of the Arlandria park in an effort to find 22-year-old Eduard David Chandias Almendarez, who was last seen in the park November 28. During the search, police found the body of an adult man suffering from “apparent injuries.”
Nosal said she could not elaborate on the nature of those injuries, but confirmed Almendarez was the victim at the center of the investigation.
This is the fourth homicide in Alexandria this year. On November 9, Jose Luis Ferman, 24, was found dead in Beverley Park, commonly known as The Pit, suffering from “chop and stab wounds to his head and neck,” according to an autopsy. Leon Willims, 37, was shot and killed October 7 on Belle Pre Way, and Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs, 22, of Woodbridge was shot and killed July 2 along the 700 block of N. Fayette St.
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a suspicious death in Four Mile Run Park after a body was discovered by officers working alongside the Fairfax County Search and Rescue Urban Team.
Police spokeswoman Crystal Nosal had no further details on the investigation, although she noted a possible correlation with a missing person who was last seen in the area of the park on November 28.
The person reported missing was Eduard David Chandias Almendarez, a 22-year-old male who had previously been a victim of crime, police said.
Police asked anyone with any information call the department’s non-emergency line at 703-746-4444.