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Family, Friends in Shock After Finding Teen's Body in Woods

To honor Bryan Glenn, Woodson High School students will wear black to school Tuesday.

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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Jennifer Souther October 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of the Glenns and all those whose lives were touched by Bryan. I am also feeling fortunate that the autopsy will be completed so quickly. If this is something that was caused by another individual, I hope that the person responsible will not be able to do this again.
Jennifer Southee October 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM
How tragic. I have heard from another search group that they found him hanging. My heart goes out to the Glenns.
Joan Bishop October 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
No parent or family should have to go through this sort of tragedy. My heart goes out to the Glenn's, Bryan's extended family, his friends and classmates at Woodson. Our prayers are with you all.
Rachelle Jares October 09, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I am so very sorry for the loss of Bryan. My heart and prayers go out to the Glenn family and friends. Heidelberg HS alumni from around the globe share in your sorrow! Rachell Jares HHS '82
Madeline Moore October 09, 2012 at 09:36 PM
My heart aches for the glenn family i did not know him but i am so saddened. i tried to put the word out there by posting his missing poster i am sorry i didn't help search wish i knew
Ryan Travis October 10, 2012 at 06:14 PM
He was not hanging, his body was standing up and leaning up against a tree. It was very close to the path so when the police had the cadaver dogs out they would have found him that day. The only way for the police not being able to find the body while they searched would be if the body was not there, this is foul play.
Mayra Rivas October 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I dont get how the police could have missed his body if it was there. i totally agree with Ryan this is something to investigate and look deeper. they need to find more clues on to what led bryan there. im sure he was just a victim and i feel sad to what happened to him.
FGW October 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM
My neighbor is a good friend of the volunteer who actually found his body. She did confirm that Bryan hung himself from a tree. This is a sad and tragic thin that has happens to two Woodson students in as many months. Hug your kids, don't put them under extreme pressure, and talk it out.
KL October 11, 2012 at 01:09 AM
So freaking sad! Two Woodson suicides in a couple months. Tragic coincidence? Both boys were military kids. All that moving is hard I know especially during the teen years. Neither child showed signs of depression supposedly. What can we learn from this?
milly October 11, 2012 at 01:30 AM
R u sure about this info? This is extremely sad! I have 2 teens @ Woodson, I'm heart broken! ;(
Ryan Travis October 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The police dogs would have found him if his body was there when they were searching.
KL October 11, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I am positive about the one in August. My spouse knows the family. I'm a Woodson alum and it breaks my heart too for both these families!
Carrie October 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Sadly, I saw the police admit they did not search certain parts of the woods where he was found. They may not have even gone far enough down the path for the dogs to pick up a scent. It seems like they maybe dismissed him as a runaway and weren't as thorough as they should have been while searching. This is sad, since his family could have had an answer almost a week earlier if police found him.

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