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Missing Mount Vernon woman leads to homicide investigation

A Mount Vernon man has been charged with his wife’s homicide.

Following an extensive investigation, Fairfax County police detectives have charged Caleb Crew, 25, of the 8000 block of Gila Court, with the homicide of his wife, Andrea Crew, on Aug. 10.

Caleb Crew was taken into custody at the Mount Vernon District Station and subsequently transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was served a warrant charging him with in the death of Andrea Crew on Saturday evening, police said in a release.

Andrea Crew had been reported as missing on Aug. 8.

Fairfax County police detectives say they are continuing to investigate the homicide and it remains “an active, ongoing investigation,” they said in a subsequent release. Police said they worked throughout Aug. 8 and 9 conducting an extensive search of the Occoquan River where Andrea Crew’s body was eventually recovered around 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

The Fairfax County Police Department extended its gratitude to many area residents who they said called to express concern and assist police with tips and information on the whereabouts of Andrea Crew.

Army Old Guard member charged with child molestation

Fairfax County police have charged a member of the U.S. Army’s Old Guard unit with having sex with a minor. Police said Matthew McKendrick, 30, of Alexandria was charged on July 26. A statement from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment Army unit states that the alleged minor victim is either 13 or 14 years old and the gender of the victim was not released. McKendrick is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bail, according to the Army’s statement.

Chantilly teen fatally hit by car

A Chantilly teen is dead following a hit and run accident on Interstate 66 that the Virginia State Police say is being investigated as a suicide.

At 4:41 a.m. Aug. 13 state police said they received a call about a pedestrian walking on the right shoulder of the eastbound lanes of I-66 in Fairfax County. Police said troopers were en route to the scene when they were notified of the pedestrian having been struck. The body of a male teen was located in the right shoulder at the 57-mile marker. Police said that based on their investigation, the teen was struck in the right lane and landed in the shoulder. Police said that further investigation into the matter eventually revealed that the teen was a 17-year-old Chantilly boy and that the incident was being investigated as a suicide. Because of his minor status, his name was not revealed.

State police said they have not yet located the vehicle involved in the incident and encourage anyone who might have seen it or know anything about it to please contact the Virginia State Police at 703-803-0026.

Herndon kidnapping under investigation

Herndon police report that on about 10:15 p.m. Aug. 8 in the 800 block of Park Ave. in Herndon, a 16-year-old girl reported that she was abducted against her will by an adult male. Police said the girl reported that the man drove her to an unknown location and allegedly sexually assaulted her. Police said the girl was kept overnight and was returned to her home the next day. Police said the case remains under investigation.

Herndon man disappears into Delaware River

Anthony Del Prete, 30, of Herndon went missing while tubing in the Delaware River on Aug. 10, according to the Tinicum Township police in Bucks County, Pa.

According to the Tinicum police, who identified Del Prete as missing on Aug. 11, Del Prete was tubing for several hours with about 13 friends on August 10 when around 4:30 p.m. he disappeared into the water and never visibly surfaced. Police from surrounding jurisdictions on Tuesday said they are continuing to search for Del Prete but said he was not wearing a lifejacket and that the river was swollen and strong from recent rains.

Two arrested in high school football donation scam

Fairfax County police have charged two men with forgery after they allegedly posed as football players seeking cash donations for their high school football team Aug. 11.

A woman who donated $20 to what she believed to be a “good cause” contacted police after she researched and discovered that the school the suspects claimed to attend did not have a football team, they said.

Police responded around 12:30 p.m to the CVS at 1452 Chain Bridge Road in McLean.

After an investigation, Kevin Crouch, of Temple Hills, Md., and Jerell Henry of Washington, D.C., both 20, were each charged with one count of forgery.

Police believe there may be more than two-dozen people who made cash donations to the men.

Police warn that at this time of year, there are many school, sports and civic organizations accepting donations around the community. Contributors should be familiar with the organizations and, as the victim in this case, check the validity of the organization prior to donating. Typically, organizations accept cash or online donations, not strictly cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.