Family and friends expressed shock after volunteers found the body of missing Woodson student Bryan Glenn in the woods Monday near Thaiss Park.
"With tremendous sadness in our hearts, we learned this afternoon of our son Bryan’s death," Mike and Rosella Glenn said in an email to Patch. "This devastating news has been a great shock to our family and friends. Right now this family and our community are grieving and we need to let the investigation run its course."
Fairfax County Police were reluctant to identify the body during a press conference Monday afternoon. The Glenn family issued a statement that evening, however, confirming what most already knew.
Bryan's body was discovered by volunteers who gathered with the Glenn family to help search the woods for any evidence of the missing teen. Volunteers, not police officers, found Bryan's body. A cause of death has not been determined; autopsy results are expected late Tuesday.
"Our family would like to express our profound gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers and search team leads," the Glenns said. "Special thanks to the media and Fairfax area businesses for their continued support."
Woodson students plan to wear black to school Tuesday to show their shock and sorrow over losing a senior classmate, a friend, a brother, a football teammate.
"Thanks to everyone in the community and around the globe who offered their love, prayers and support to our family over the past week," the Glenns said. "Your kindness has given us strength during this difficult time and has touched our hearts forever."
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