Officials have identified the body of 16-year-old Jholie Moussa, who had been missing for two weeks, NBC reports.
Moussa’s disappearance prompted multiple police departments, as well as the FBI, to search for her.
The teen was last seen leaving her home under “mysterious circumstances.”
Moussa, who resided in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, left on Friday, Jan. 12 after informing her sister that she was headed to a party in Norfolk. The city is nearly 200 miles away.
The next day, Moussa’s family reported her missing. The FBI joined the investigation on Jan. 17.
Zhane Moussa is Jholie’s twin. She said her sister seemed to be distracted after classes at Mount Vernon High School on the day she went missing.
“She was doing my hair and then she stopped, for a good minute, to text some more. Then, out of nowhere, she was like, ‘I gotta go, I gotta go!'” Zhane recalled.
Zhane says Jholie then told her that she needed to go out for a second. After her sister left, Zhane sent her a concerned text, to which Jholie replied that she was going to Norfolk.
“And I’m like, isn’t that more than three hours away?” she recalled.
Later that evening, the twins’ mother, Syreeta Steward, missed a called from her daughter. Then nothing.
“Normally, she would have responded back to me. If she calls me and I don’t answer, she always follows it up with a text,” Steward said.
They never heard from her again.
Moussa’s body was discovered on Friday in a wooden area of Woodlawn Park, less that one mile from where she was last seen.
It was found by an officer, who says it was nearly completely covered by leaves around 11 a.m.
Moussa’s death is being investigated as a homicide.
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