Police in Fairfax, Virginia, believe they have found the body of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was reported missing early Sunday after leaving a mosque with a group of friends. Police said an investigation determined the teen girl was walking outside with a group of friends near Dranesville Road and Woodson Road when they got into a dispute with a man in a vehicle.
The girl and several of her friends were out walking the night of June 17 when they got into an altercation with a man who drove by them.
According to accounts from police and mosque officials, all of the teens except for one ran back inside the mosque.
Around 3 p.m., detectives found a body in a pond in the 21500 block of Ridgetop Circle.
The girl, Nabra reportedly went missing earlier on the same day.
Around 4 a.m., the victim's friends called the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) when they couldn't find their friend.
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Fairfax Police said that they were working to provide assistance to the family and thanked Loudoun County's sheriff's office as an "invaluable resource to this investigation".
A possible hate crime motivation is among the things authorities are investigating, police said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will confirm identity and the cause of death.
Police recovered a baseball bat believed to be the murder weapon from the area.
"We are devastated and heartbroken as our community undergoes and processes this traumatic event", the society said in the news release.
The brazen killing rattled a Muslim community in the midst of celebrating Ramadan, a month of religious observance where adherents fast from sunrise-to-sunset for 30 days.