Police hope graffiti will help solve mysterious death in Clifton

Fairfax County police have released pictures of graffiti that was found near the body of a Chantilly man late last month.

The body of 26-year-old James McDonald was discovered in the 6100 block of Union Village Drive in Clifton. McDonald’s body had upper body trauma. The words “RIP Sucker. Alone,” were written in chalk nearby, along with some illustrations.

McDonald was last seen by a family member on Tuesday, May 15. He was reported missing Saturday, May 19. The investigation began immediately and led detectives to track the man’s phone. McDonald’s body was found May 21 with help from a search and rescue K9.

Police are calling the death “suspicious” as they await the final results of an autopsy.





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Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.