Police are investigating the death of a Maryland teenager whose skeletal remains were recently found in a wooded area near Washington, DC
Rosa Diaz Santos17, disappeared on September 22 after she was last seen She left a park on her way to school around 7:40 a.m., the Prince George County Police Department said.
Her remains were found around 12:30 p.m. on November 15 in a wooded area in Takoma Park near the 1600 block of Drexel Street. A coroner later confirmed the 17-year-old’s identity and ruled that her death was a homicide. It’s unclear how the Maryland teenager may have died — or how her remains got to the site.
The area where the skeletal remains were recovered is about 10 miles southwest of Greenbelt and north of the capital.
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No arrests have been made yet. Authorities, who have also not speculated on a possible motive for the Greenbelt teenager’s killing, are now scrambling to identify anyone of interest or suspects in the case.
Officials did not provide any further information as of Friday afternoon. Oxygen. com has reached out to the Greenbelt Police Department and the Prince George County Police Department for further comment.
Diaz-Santos’ parents told NBC Washington that the teen recently became involved with a local gang and spent several days away from the family home. Her mother said Rosa allegedly warned her about her death.
“‘I’m so sorry mommy. Forgive me for making you suffer for everything I’ve done to you.’ Why? What’s happening? ‘No, Mommy. Don’t cry if you find me dead somewhere. Don’t cry,'” Diaz-Santos’ mother recalled of the conversation.
Diaz-Santos was a ninth grade student at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland. School officials on Monday sent a letter to the families acknowledging the tragic development surrounding the 17-year-old.
“For those of you who knew Rosa, we ask that you remember and celebrate her life,” the letter read, FOX5 DC reported. “For those of you who did not know Rosa, we ask that you respect our sadness and support us with your understanding. It is very difficult for all of us to bear the death of a young person.”
Elanor Roosevelt High School established that a team of school psychologists and counselors would be available to their students following the death of Diaz-Santos.
The police are asking the public for information. Anyone with additional information regarding the disappearance of Diaz-Santos is urged to contact the Prince George County Police Department Homicide Detectives at 301-516-2512. Anonymous tips may also be submitted by calling the Crime Solvers tips hotline at 1-866-411-8477.
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