Virginia police are not investigating the death of a 17-year-old — whose body was found near a mosque — as a hate crime, they announced Monday morning.
Based on the information our detectives have at this point, there is no indication that this was a hate-bias motivated-related crime,” police said. “If that changes as the investigation progresses, we would certainly pursue that aspect.”
The remains found in a Virginia pond Sunday are believed to be those of a 17-year-old girl who went missing earlier in the day after she and her friends left a mosque, according to police.
Fairfax County police charged Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, of Sterling, Virginia, with murder in connection with the case. Torres was arraigned Monday morning and held without bail, according to an official at the Fairfax County Courthouse. It is unclear if he entered a plea.
The teenage girl, whose identity…