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Updated: Body Found Along Highway in Dale City

Update March 20, 2014

The body of man found alongside Interstate 95 in the morning hours of March 16 has been identified as 35-year-old Wuerlen Herrson Garoz Lopez, 35. He was a resident of a nearby homeless encampment.

Update March 18, 2014

Virginia State Police said there is no foul play involved in the discovery of a body along Interstate 95, and add there is no indication of the victim being struck by a vehicle.

Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said officials are still working to notify the victim’s next of kin. The victim’s name has not been released.


The body of a man was found this morning under an entrance ramp to Interstate 95.

The body was spotted by a passerby who called 911 at 8:03 a.m. The body was located on the entrance ramp from Dale Boulevard to the highway.

Here’s more in an unedited press release:

At 8:03 a.m. Sunday (March 16, 2014), Virginia State Police was notified of man’s body being spotted under the Exit 156 ramp from Dale Boulevard to southbound I-95.

Further investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office confirms it is a male subject. Preliminary examination of the body suggests no foul play was involved in the man’s death. His remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for complete examination and autopsy. He was a resident of a nearby homeless encampment.

The Prince William County Police assisted state police at the scene.

State police is still in the process of notifying the man’s next of kin. The incident remains under investigation.

No cause of death was released by police on Sunday.

Sources told Potomac Local News the victim’s injuries appear to be consistent with someone who had been struck by a car.

5:20 p.m. 

DALE CITY, Va. — A pedestrian was struck and killed this morning in the area of Dale Boulevard and Interstate 95.

The person was struck about 8:45 a.m. We’re working on getting more details on this story.

Virginia State Police are handling the investigation.

The area where the pedestrian was struck and killed is a busy interchange where drivers enter and exit the highway. It became the center of police activity three years ago when officers disbanded several homeless camps in wooded areas around the interchange. Some of the homeless camps have since returned to those areas.


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