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UPDATE: Bryan Glenn Found Dead in Thaiss Park

A body was discovered by volunteers during a search Monday morning for missing teen Bryan Glenn. The Glenn family later confirmed his identity.

Update 9:09 p.m.: The Glenn family has released a statement confirming that the body found today in Thaiss Park is that of Bryan Glenn, a Woodson High School senior who had been missing since last Monday. 

Update 4:16 p.m.: Fairfax County police said Monday afternoon a male body was discovered Monday about three-fourths of a mile past the tree line at Thaiss Park.

Speaking not far from that tree line, Officer Eddy Azcarate said the search party organized by Bryan Glenn's family — not police — discovered the body today.

Azcarate told members of the media gathered at the scene that police could have missed the body in their search last week for a number of reasons: the initial search was not the step-by-step, grid sweep most residents think of when they hear about a police search, he said. The body was found near one of the park's paths, but not on it, Azcarate said — it's possible officers did not search far enough from the location of Glenn's parked car on Pickett Road, or, it could have been a gap in the search process.

The body was only just visible from a foot path when volunteers discovered it Monday, Azcarate said.

Autopsy results will not be available until Tuesday afternoon, Azcarate said.

Azcarate was not willing to comment on the condition of the body, nor whether weapons or valuables were found nearby.

Update: Thaiss Park near Pickett Road is completely blocked off to the public.

Fairfax County police and several media trucks are on scene.

Patch will continue to update this story as it develops.

Original: Just more than a week after Bryan Glenn went missing after dropping his younger brother off at school, a male was found dead Monday near Glenn's car in Thaiss Park.

Police had recovered the 17-year-old's car at the park Oct. 2, but volunteers did not discover the body until after 10:30 a.m., when they gathered wearing waterproof boots, long pants and clothing with vibrant colors to search for the varsity football player.

It is not clear where exactly in the park the body was found, and police have not positively identified the body as that of the missing teen. 

However, condolences and prayers for Glenn and his family began pouring in just after 2 p.m. on a Facebook page named "Find Bryan Glenn," which as of this afternoon had 2,748 members.

"My thoughts and prayers have been with the family through this ordeal, and even more so now with this heartbreaking news," one member wrote.

There is no cause of death available at this time.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

See also:

Woodson Senior Missing Since Monday
Thaiss Park Closed While Police Search for Bryan Glenn
Friends of Missing Teen Say 'Bryan Did Not Just Walk Away'
Family Fights to Bring Missing Son Home 

Whitney Rhodes contributed reporting to this story.

Sheryl Shane, Attorney October 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Police need to follow certain protocol. I am not certain what they performed while doing the search. Did they test liquids for drugs. Did they take fingerprints. Did they check DNA. Did they use search dogs. What type of search did the do. How did they miss him. Could they have saved him if they had acted more quickly. These are all great questions. But shouldn't we give the family a couple of days to mourn properly instead of focusing on all the negative. Reach out to them and offer support. That is what I plan on doing!. If there are any Woodson Families reading this article....please....let's think of something positive to do to help the family. Any great ideas would be welcomed.
ME October 09, 2012 at 04:47 PM
My heart goes out to this family. The had to FIGHT to get their son's name off the runaway list so that more action would have been taken by the police force. For the police to have missed him during the search is unacceptable. Untrained volunteers are more diligent and had more heart in the search for this young man and any county trained officer. We seriously need to stand up for our young people. This young man was in obvious pain. What are we doing to our youth?
L Jolley October 09, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Sheryl Shane, Attorney you are correct, in that we should give the family time to mourn properly. Lots of people are running in all directions with their speculations, most of which have no relevance. So many people have walked up to me today, oblivious, of the latest news reports, which are kind of short on clarification anyway. There were joggers in the park yesterday who didn't even know what we were doing there. Someone else on this site is making references, to how 'bad' the area has become. The apartments she refers to, more than likely houses a different demographic, and this somehow means they are suspect. No one was prepared for the shock of yesteraday, and the over-reactions are predictable. But as The blogger above states, leave the family in peace for a time. This has affected me more than most things could, in that I have been shaken thoughouly. I am still proud of all the other volunteers, who took time to help the Glenn family find their Son yesterday. I am using thoughts of you all- to counter those who post foolishness, and seek to divide no matter the situation.You are whats 'right' with FFX County, as well as our Police and firefighters I stil believe.
Don Joy October 09, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Such a sad sequence of events...I pray that the family of this young man finds some kind of respite from the grief, and that if any foul play was involved, the guilty party is apprehended and prosecuted.
Don Joy October 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Anyone recall the countless, massive, and fruitless official D.C. police searches of Rock Creek Park for Chandra Levy back in 2001? The "authorities" simply couldn't get it done, and it wasn't until someone walking their dog many weeks later stumbled into her remains that the case moved forward. Then, even after that, the D.C. detectives failed to find additional remains and evidence just mere yards from the scene--these were found only after private investigators hired by the Levy family went over the area! (cont.')
Don Joy October 09, 2012 at 07:06 PM
There are specific political and economic reasons why the police and government authorities in general are relatively incompetent at solving problems. The "Peter principle," along with the all-too-familiar torpor and "red-tape" of bureaucracy, are always present, not to mention that departments frequently fight to maintain control of investigations, and turf battles often ensue... "following procedures" can sometimes result in guaranteeing good methodology and results, but it can also result in myopic refusal to consider creative or unorthodox, outside-the-box approaches that may deliver solutions, as well has hamper the urgency that sometimes saves lives. Remember how teams of federal first responders during Hurricane Katrina were not permitted to just deploy into the field to save lives(when lives were literally on the line) because they hadn't had the up-to-date sexual harassment training placed into their personnel files? There you have it, government bureaucracy strikes again. (cont.')
Don Joy October 09, 2012 at 07:07 PM
How about Montgomery County Police Chief Moose of the Beltway Sniper fiasco from 2002? Refusing to consider that the perps could be anything other than a lone white male in a white box truck, because he didn't want to "paint one group(black males)" as being more likely to commit violent crime, etc. News flash, people: Criminal profiling with race as an element, based on statistical probability, is simply common sense. Political correctness also failed to stop the Ft. Hood massacre, and failed to stop the 9/11/01 attacks, even though the Able Danger project had identified Muslim men in flight schools as being associated with terrorists and enrolled in flight schools, wanting only to learn how to steer the planes, not take off and land, etc.--but the government's lawyers didn't want extra scrutiny being brought upon members of the "religion of peace" because, well, that would be "discrimination."
Rachael G. October 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I find it a little messed up that the police admitted they didnt do a thorough sweep of the park. If my child is missing, i expect you to inspect every inch of that park. I think someone needs to bring this to light.
juanita Campos October 09, 2012 at 09:51 PM
To the Glenn family my condolences go out during this tough time rip bryan :(
Massie October 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Although I did not know Bryan, or any of his family/friends, when I head that he was missing via twitter & the news channel I hoped & prayed that he would be found alive and well. My heart aches to hear this news. My prayers are with his family & friends. So sorry to hear about this tragedy :'( Rest in peace Bryan.
Kelly G October 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
everyone always as something bad to say about the police - but who do you call when someone is raping your wife or holding a gun to your head? The police DID do their job. Rest assured, they knew immediately if Bryan was in that park, he was no longer alive. Infrared search in a helicopter - how did everyone miss that when it happened right awiay? I hesitate to even put a foot in this game since it is all so wrong to use this platform as a place to lay hatred and blame. Bryan is gone. We all are sad. We feel terrible for his family. We don't yet know how it happened publicly, but shouldn't be speculating. Some know. Rest in peace beautiful boy. You are loved. I am sorry to your family. Marty, please go on knowing your brother loved you and would be very proud of how you have held up and worked so hard to bring him home all week. His memory will be with you forever.
RS October 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I do not know how the police search was conducted. It is, though, apparent to me and others based on comments made at this blog that an investigative judgment or 'guesstimate' as we say in my business was imposed on the family and community from the onset -- e.g., another teen runaway case. If that runaway idea was communicated to the police searchers they may first look for evidence to confirm the judgment as opposed to looking at the family history also as a part of the scene. Having found no evidence of a runaway at the parked car scene, the next reaction is to doubt the bewildered and desperate family again and call an end the search.
John Wycliffe October 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Kelly, the Fairfax County Police should be called out for their incompetency, as should the WaPo for not taking the Police to task for their inexcusably bad handling of the case in their biased article this morning. A body within sight of the trail just 3/4 of a mile into the park should have been something the Fairfax County PD could find. The Boy Scouts could have done better, and probably would have if given a chance. I have a pretty good impression of the Fairfax City PD. They have always been professional and courteous, and if their Chief (Rappaport) was in charge I bet the body would have been found the next morning. And if the (award winning) Fairfax City Parks and Rec. had been asked to support, they would have kicked ass. Luckily, the GMU Police weren't involved, as they would have immediately charged a racially-profiled, innocent person with homicide without even investigating the crime. That is something to be grateful for.
Shanny Wild October 10, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Thomas Albert − (wrote this at Washington times) With the decapitation, it is likely to be gang related, with MS 13 as the likely group that did this. We need to get an anti-gang squad into Woodson High School and start making arrests! How many others need to die senselessly due to illegals and their Latin gang? DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS??
AMB October 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I agree with ponygirl, I'm sure the police are doing what they can with the experience and knowledge they have. You should be slow to anger and not judge until you have all your facts lined up. Instead of tearing down those that are there to protect you, how about lifting them and building their confidence? After all would you have expected to find the body standing under a tree, I bet no one expected his body to be standing as News 9 is reporting. "The missing teen was found in the woods near his parked car on Monday, as 9News's Peggy Fox confirmed. The searcher who found the body told 9News that he and other searchers must have walked by Bryan Glenn's body several times before finding him, and thought it was another of the searchers. The body was standing under a tree, searchers told Peggy Fox." http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/224704/188/Bryan-Glenn-missing-in-Fairfax-Va-Found-Dead-in-Thaiss-Park-Parents-Mike-and-Rosella-Confirm-His-Death
Whitney Rhodes (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Patch is awaiting official autopsy results and cause of death, which we expect sometime Wednesday.
CR October 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Your comment, Shanny, is the only place I've seen any mention of these things in relation to this case. If it proves to be true, it will be very frightening. It HAS been reported on many occasions that MS-13 is quite active in the Fairfax Circle area.
ffxcitizen October 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
good lord, that is not true. The Washington Times did not, in any way, report this. Thomas Albert was just a poster on a comments thread just as this is. Shanny, please do not post such misleading information. Thank you, Whitney Rhodes for your stellar reporting and continued interest in the case.
Don Joy October 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I don't necessarily think that discussing the inefficiencies and inherent political and economic barriers to solutions involved when governmental authorities assert control over situations amounts to bashing the police. The police are awesome and indispensible in so many ways, and mainly staffed by people who exemplify the utmost in professionalism--but that doesn't change the fact that agency bureaucracies quite often involves inanity, inefficiency, stubborn obstruction, and jealous guarding of control. As to your examples, calling the police in such extreme, dire situations as you described is much less preferred to having a personal firearm or an armed citizen nearby in the events you described. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Native Virginian October 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
@L Jolley Thank you for your eloquent post. Mostly, thank you for your empathy, compassion and respect for Bryan, his family and friends, and for being able to prioritize when things are so cold and confusing.
Shanny Wild October 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
OMG! There is a lot of confusion. I should say it was a comment someone made on that page. I'm so sorry
milly October 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
It's very sad to see how people is judging either "some areas" like the town houses or apts near the park when nobody knows what happened. It's sad to see how people is using this forum to either judge or discriminate somehow... What about if u are the one who's going through this hard situation? Or what about if u are the one who's living into the "ghetto" because its what u can afford at the moment, would you like to be discriminated because of that? Please, let's just support this beautiful family through this hard season...let's keep shining as one community who cares!! Let's join forces to embrace this family in prayer n love! Forget about social status, demographics, positions or any other that is going to separate us. God love us as we are, no matter where we live or how much we have $$ .. good nite! God bless all!
Roy October 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
while some of what you say is agreeable What really set me off is when you said that we are ignorant because we are angry at the people who protect us day and night. First, it's utter ignorance to assume that the cops will protect you Case in point, they failed to protect Brian from dieing and failed again to find him. Second, its ignorant to blindly forgive them just because they are supposed to protect you. Failing to speak out and take action when circumstances around you are wrong only leads to even greater calamity in the future. This is how Hitler came to power. So yes hopefully they catch shit over this so in the future when a kid goes missing they put forward a little more effort before declaring him a runaway especially if they find the kids primary means of transportation.
tammy downing October 12, 2012 at 01:42 PM
That is bull shit that the cops can't do there job
John Patch October 13, 2012 at 12:24 AM
The parents put so much pressure on this boy that he committed suicide. Don't understand why W.T. Woodson is honoring him since this will just encourage more kids to do the same. In many places in the country suicide is rampant in high schools and it would be a shame if this occurred again because of W.T. Woodson's actions. Don't blame the police. The blame belongs squarely on his parents pressuring him to get high SAT scores and get in a good college.
FAM October 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM
How dare you John Patch or whatever your REAL name is! Do you know this family? Do you know anything about what you accuse his parents of? I pray you never have to know the truly unbearable grief this boy's family will face for the rest of their lives. If they had any clue he was troubled to this degree don't you think they would have done everything in their power to save their son's life? What is wrong with you? Alot of the time, it seems, people, especially men, do not convey their true feelings of depression, anxiety or inferiority. He may have never communicated one word of what was troubling him to his family. Do you think women would stay with the husbands who have so frequently in recent tiimes killed their children and then their spouses before turning the gun on themselves if their wives had ANY clue that was about to happen? Do you want to blame those victims too? Because that's what you just did. The Glenn family is also a victim of suicide.
D.L October 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Shanny Wild please shut the hell up and do NOT make this about race! #1 there are plenty of gangs around the world, some Latinos, Blacks, Whites, Asians. It just so happens that in our area of Fairfax County MS-13 seems to be active sometimes. Illegals? There are plenty of them in Fairfax County. It's obvious you have a racist mentality and with that being said I don't believe Fairfax County is the right place for you. Please leave because the less ignorant people we have around the better. Oh and I'm pretty sure members of the police, media, volunteers and the Glenn's family friends were of Latino decent. Where were you while all of this was going on?
jan October 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM
This is a very sad event, but underneath what happened is the ongoing ineptitude of the police, this is not an isolated incident of incompetance on the part of the FC police, it is the norm. For the placaters who assume "they are doing their best", seek help=stop placating, nothing ever improves if you don't acknowledge the reality of their bad work.
jan October 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
John-unfortuneatly you are right, this area is full of this, and there is no acknowledgment. When you read about this kid, football player, eagle scout, SATS blah blah blah, they present it as if it would protect him from suicide, just the opposite
jan October 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yes and when you call FC Police the answer is always "nothing I can do" or "not my territory" stop making excuses

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