Police tentatively identify Centreville homicide victim – UPDATED

UPDATED: Friday, 3:00 p.m.

Fairfax County homicide detectives have confirmed the identity of the body found in Centreville on Wednesday as 17-year-old Matthew Ortega. The autopsy results are pending. Police will not detail how Ortega was killed, other than to say he died as a result of trauma to the upper body.


Fairfax County homicide detectives say they have tentatively identified the victim whose body was found in the 13000 block of Job Stuart Square in Centreville yesterday (Wednesday) but because the victim was a juvenile, the name is not being released.

A new  state law prohibits releasing information about deceased juvenile crime victims without the family’s permission. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy to finalize the identity.

The body was discovered early yesterday by a delivery driver who saw the victim lying in the street with upper body trauma.

Medics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. No weapons were found at the scene. The victim was wearing a sweatshirt with the design shown above.

If anyone has information about the incident, please contact the Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800 or contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.com or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


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