$25,000 reward offered in Lorton cold case murder

Johan de Leede was shot and killed in his living room in Lorton on March 11, 2016. Neighbors of the de Leede home on River Drive heard shots but say they saw nothing.

Johan de Leede

Johan de Leede
Photo from FCPD

Fairfax County detectives have never been able to come up with a motive for the killing and they has never been a single suspect.

Now, more than two years later, de Leede’s family is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. “Somebody, somewhere knows something,” daughter-in-law Susie Paul-de Leede told a news conference at Fairfax County police headquarters Wednesday. “Please help us get answers.”

Detectives are particularly interested in obtaining more information about a black or dark gray pick-up truck that was seen and heard being driven, without lights and at a high speed, on nearby Mallard Road shortly after the shots were heard. They think it may have been a Ford F-250 or F-350. The pick-up was last seen making a left turn from northbound Mallard onto Hallowing Drive.

River Drive area map

FCPD graphic

“This is still an active case,” says Detective John Vickery who has been investigating the case since the night of the murder. “We work on it almost daily.” But they haven’t been able to come up with the answers the family of Johan de Leede seeks.

See a video of the full news conference here.


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Ed Tobias
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.