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FCPD identifies man found dead in Reston, as homicide investigation gets underway

Two Fairfax County Police Department cars (staff photo by David Taube)

The 27-year-old man found dead in a wooded area of Reston Tuesday (May 31) was likely killed sometime overnight, the Fairfax County Police Department said today (Thursday) in a press release.

A community member found Rene Alberto Pineda Sanchez of Reston on a walking path behind an apartment building in the 12000 block of Greywing Square, police said.

Police were called there around 4 a.m. and discovered Sanchez was suffering from trauma to his upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide yesterday (Wednesday), the release said.

“Detectives continue to conduct interviews, comb through video surveillance and process evidence recovered from the scene,” according to the release.

This is the eighth homicide of the year in Fairfax County, the release said. There were 10 homicides by this point in 2021.

The full release is below.

Reston Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating a homicide after a man was found deceased on a path in a wooded area in Reston. Officers were called around 4 a.m. on May 31 to the 12000 block of Greywing Square after a community member found a man lying on a walking path behind an apartment building. When officers arrived, they discovered Rene Alberto Pineda Sanchez, 27, of Reston, suffering from trauma to the upper body. Sanchez was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide following an autopsy yesterday. Preliminarily, detectives believe Sanchez was killed sometime overnight. Detectives continue to conduct interviews, comb through video surveillance and process evidence recovered from the scene.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.

This is the eighth homicide of the year in Fairfax County. Year to date, there were ten homicides at this point in 2021.

For ongoing updates, please read our blog and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FairfaxCountyPD.

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