Police say 10 people have been charged in the murder of a 15-year-old Gaithersburg girl whose body was found Feb. 11 in Virginia.
GAITHERSBURG, MD — Authorities say 10 people — four adults and six juveniles — have been charged in what is now described as the gang-related murder of a 15-year old Gaithersburg girl whose body was found in Springfield, Virginia. The remains of Damaris Reyes Rivas, of Gaithersburg, who was reported missing in December, were found Saturday near a Springfield industrial park. On Wednesday, Virginia authorities charged the 10 suspects with abduction and gang participation.
Additional charges are pending further investigation and detectives are working with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County Police said at an afternoon news conference. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, through an autopsy, has ruled Reyes Rivas’ death a homicide, police said.
Questions are being raised about why Montgomery County Police, who frequently use social media to release photos and information about missing residents, never issued such an alert for Damaris A. Reyes Rivas, 15. While police tracked her cell phone and social media use, and made flyers to hand out in Gaithersburg, the department didn’t issue a missing person alert on its Facebook or Twitter accounts, which it does frequently in similar cases.
According to Fairfax County Police the four adults charged in the girl’s death are:
- Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, 11900 block of Winterthur Lane, Reston
- Wilmer A. Sanchez-Serrano, 21, of no fixed address
- Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18, 7000 block of Skyles Way, Springfield
- Jose Castillo Rivas, 18, 5800 block of Brunswick Street, Springfield (No Arrest Photo Available of)
Six teenagers have also been charged with abduction and gang participation, police said. One of them, a 16-year-old girl, is still being sought by police. The other teens facing charges are:
- 15-year-old girl
- 16-year-old boy
- Two 17-year-old boys
- 17-year-old girl