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Herndon police have identified a man’s body that was found Jan. 26.

Police said shortly after 11 a.m., a Herndon resident was walking his or her dog along a wooded path on the 700 block of Tamarack Way when he or she discovered the body.

On Jan. 28, police identified the man as 33-year-old Tory J. Marshall of Herndon.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed Marshall died of hypothermia.

The low overnight temperature on Jan. 26 was 18 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Police said the investigation revealed alcohol might have also been a factor, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Marshall worked as a sales manager for Dell Computers at Isaac Newton Square in Reston, according to a spokesperson there. He also recently worked for Cogent Communications in Herndon, according to the company’s headquarters in Washington.

Herndon man pleads guilty to breaking and entering a vehicle, eluding police

A Herndon man arrested after busting the back windshield of a woman’s vehicle Sept. 21 and then running from authorities pleaded guilty Jan. 25 in Loudoun County Circuit Court.

Elliott D. Lansdowne, 21, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering at night, speeding to elude and making a threatening call.

He’s scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. April 12.

The 5:57 p.m. incident began in the 1400 block Brethour Court in Sterling when a woman flagged down a deputy to tell them Lansdowne had used a blunt object to damage her vehicle, according to reports.

Loudoun County deputies later found Lansdowne and stopped him in the area of Potomac View Road and Algonkian Parkway. They said Lansdowne attempted to flee in excess of the posted speed limit. At one point Lansdowne lost control of his car and struck a curb, where it became disabled.

Lansdowne remains held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

Fairfax Center house fire under investigation

Fairfax County fire officials say the cause of a house fire in Fairfax Center remains under investigation.

Firefighters said they responded to the fire Jan. 24 about 11:45 p.m. in the Fairfax Center area of Fairfax County. The single family home is in the 4800 block of Village Drive.

Firefighters said they encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from the garage of the ranch-style home upon their arrival and conducted an aggressive fire attach and brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

Fire did spread to the kitchen and rear of the home. Two adults and two children were home when the fire broke out and smelled smoke and quickly escaped the burning home. One of the adults was transported for non-life threatening injuries to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. All of the occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support was offered but declined by the occupants.

Damage is estimated at $105,000.

Dozens of vehicles vandalized in Centreville

Fairfax County police are still investigating reports of more than 40 cases of property destruction and larcenies that took place in the early hours of Jan. 10 in Centreville.

Police said suspects smashed the passenger side windows of 44 vehicles parked in the Centreville area between 1 and 5 a.m., rummaged through the glove boxes and stole an assortment of items; GPS units, iPods, sunglasses and loose change.

Police said areas targeted included Bent Tree Circle, Little Rocky Run, Summer Tree Road, Glade Spring Drive and Cider Barrel Circle. Anyone with information is asked to call Fairfax County Police at 70- 691-2131.

Police warn public of “inheritance scam”

The Fairfax County Police Department is warning county residents they have received numerous reports from residents involving a phony inheritance scam.

Police say these typically arrive in the form of an unsolicited email announcing a recipient has been awarded a multi-million dollar inheritance but they must contact an FCPD police investigator in order to claim the funds. Police say the scammers are identifying themselves as authentic FCPD personnel and using official email addresses, phone numbers and street addresses in order to appear more convincing to the victim.

The FCPD Financial Crimes Unit is aware of at least a dozen reports that have taken place since Jan. 10. Detectives warn residents that due to the potential international origin of this scam, there is little that can be done to re-claim funds that have already been wired and urge residents not to wire any money to anyone they do not know.

The FCPD does not send unsolicited emails concerning inheritance, monetary funds or transactions. If someone receives these emails, they should delete them immediately and do not open any files associated with the email.

If anyone has questions concerning the validity of unsolicited, suspicious emails requesting monies to be wired or personal information to be sent, that appear to be from the FCPD, contact police at 703-691-2131. If someone within Fairfax County has already sent money involving this scam, report it to police.

Fireplace ashes cause Herndon house fire

Fairfax County fire officials say fireplace ashes caused $120,000 worth of damage to a Herndon home. Firefighters said they responded to a house fire Jan. 24 shortly before 10 a.m. in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single family home is in the 900 block of Young Dairy Court.

Firefighters said they encountered smoke and fire coming from the garage and roof of the two-story home upon their arrival, and they conducted an aggressive fire attack and brought the fire under control in about 15 minutes. Firefighters also encountered arcing power lines while fighting the fire. Three occupants were home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. Sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for the occupants, firefighters said. Four occupants have been displaced. Red Cross support is being provided to the four displaced occupants. There were no injuries.