Remains of Missing Teen Discovered In Woods
(PatrotWise.com) – The human remains found earlier this month have been confirmed as Maryland high school girl Rosa Diaz-Santos’ who vanished in September.
Diaz-Santos’ body was found on November 15 in a wooded area behind some homes on Drexel Street in the town of Takoma Park, just ten miles outside of Washington DC.
In a press release last Monday, the Prince George County Police Department reported that the medical examiner confirmed the remains belonged to 17-year-old Diaz-Santos. The autopsy determined that Diaz-Santos’ cause of death was a homicide.
Prince George County Police did not say how the girl’s remains were discovered, nor did police reveal the cause of her murder.
Diaz-Santos, who lived in Greenbelt, Maryland, was last seen on the morning of September 22 when she was heading to Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She was officially reported missing on October 11 by Greenbelt police.
Her body was found about 10 miles from where she was last seen.
In a schoolwide email to families on Monday, Dr. Portia Barnes, the principal of Eleanor Roosevelt High School confirmed that Diaz-Santos was found dead and asked that those who knew her “remember and celebrate her life.” Barnes asked those who didn’t know her to “respect our sadness and support us with your understanding.”
Students at the high school would be provided counseling to deal with the trauma of losing a classmate.
Detectives are working to determine a motive for the crime and identify any possible suspects.
Police have asked that anyone with information about the case contact detectives at 301-516-2512.
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