Police: No Predator on the Loose, Cause of Bryan's Death Could Take Months to Determine

City and county police say there's no threat to the public.

Police say they believe there is no threat to the public after volunteers found the body of missing Woodson student Bryan Glenn in the woods near Thaiss Park on Columbus Day.

Fairfax City Police recently stepped up patrols around Pickett Road, Silver King Court and Thaiss Park, but not as a response to a predator or perceived threat.

"The entire City of Fairfax is a low crime area. We have not had a murder in three years," said Sgt. Joe Johnson of the City of Fairfax Police Department. "The park is safe. It was a request we received from the community and we have stepped up patrols until this case is closed."

Virginia's Medical Examiner's Office completed the autopsy of the body on Wednesday and confirmed the family's identification of the remains as 17-year-old Bryan Glenn. Bryan went missing on Oct. 1. 

Because the state treats autopsies and other post-mortem tests as private medical records, those details are not open to the public. The medical examiner plans to release a cause and manner of death once toxicology tests are complete, said Officer Eddy Azcarate of the Fairfax County Police Department.

"The length of time needed to determine cause and manner of death can vary from case to case so I cannot give you a timeline," said Nancy Bull, district administrator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Azcarate said the exam may take as long as several months.

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 
Community Without Answers After Teen's Death

VIDEO: Police Answer Questions About Body Found at Thaiss Park
UPDATE: Bryan Glenn Found Dead in Thaiss Park 

Paul LaChance October 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You do realize it is a different area, right?
Sara C October 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@ Jamie & T-Bird - I completely agree: suicide is a possibility; to say otherwise would be irresponsible. Yes, I know of this firsthand. My husband had a 'suspicious' death which was initiatlly thought as either murder or accidental. After a LONG (as there are not "priority") investigation, it was ruled suicide. If this is indeed the case, I feel for the family (whom I pray are not reading about this on Patch) as it is indeed NO ONE's business but their own. Have a great weekend, all!
paul October 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I do remember the rain, I had run to the parkinglot from Lido place and back on saturday 9-29 no cars that i remember vaguely and just a quiet couple after sundown leaving the park that night. I used to run the path as a student.
Tink October 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I know someone who was there and could easily see from the walking path.
Joyce Savia October 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I, for one, wouldn't want to see that happen. For various reasons, I don't have a Facebook page and have no desire to have one. even to enable me to comment on certain articles.
gail October 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Sara C, Thank you for your last comment. My heart goes to you too! suicide is a possibility but what you said: feeling for the family is important and that in fact it is really their business. NO ONE can fully understand the pain a parent feels for the death of their own child...unless one has walked that horrible crucible.
paul October 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
A death in the park is EVERYONE in the COMMUNITY's business. Sorry for your loss Sara, I lost my Uncle to suicide and almost a younger cousin, whom i'm very happy today is doing quite well for a person of such age, these things happen and if people paid more attention to others and their safety we may save more lives regardless of how they may be endangered or by whom. I don't intend to be antagonistic but I do support non conservative oppinions on the confidentiality of public information and how liberal additional not necessarily biased but factual information can help the community determine and revisit concerns for their personal safety and that of others. I also feel that some information not necessarily suggestive of any suspects with regards to the crime scene may have been and still be useful in appeasing the curiosity of concerned and interested parties. You don't have to be the immediate family to care about this incident. My mother and myself were able to save my father because we heard what i thought was a stroke as he was slipping away fast into a hypoglycemic coma in his sleep.. If he was alone he would no longer with me. If i was the only other person in the house and i woke up and let it be he could have died in less then 12 minutes. This year i reported to the police a person barely responsive on their doorstep while walking back to my room from a job. What if i chose not to get involved. What would have happened to this man with his front door wide open.
Dean Grady October 13, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I'm just disconcerted as to why the police search didn't find Bryan earlier than a family search, in such a small area located right next to his parked car?
paul October 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
One thing america can do would be cutting whatever government funding may goto forensic shows and pbs. If people don't go to college for this stuff on their own dime what good are they. And as for common sense you can't pay for that either. You either have it or you don't. My brain can't comprehend what some of you have written on here! The audacity. How dare such bold stumps not keep there ranting mild. I don't even know the limits of my sensitivity and I don't wanna.
Gordon Blvd October 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
@paul - lol whut? @Dean - body wasnt "right nest to the car", it was in the woods. Cops earlier had searched both ends of the woods but not the central part - they called in a pro-team of volunteers to head a body search for the kid that Sat. cause they couldnt find him. And no, it was not a just a "family search" - and stop thinking that it was ONLY the cops looking for him in that park all last week - others were doing it too and they ALSO missed the boy.
AS October 14, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Obviously you don't know much about this case do you?
paul October 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I don't know where the nest was and although big bird may not be a suspect i do remember where the camera crew attempted to enter the path from the parking lot watching the report on 9news. I can't recall if fox was there. I personally have run this mountainous densely forested less then two mile path and its astounding to me that its even smaller then eakin park. Now of course I would expect this park to be more difficult to search then say the Castro in San Francisco, perhaps Van Courtland park or Pelham Bay park in the Bronx, but even so in my unprofessional opinion I feel the police conducted a poor search perhaps someone at hq decided not to invest enough money into this one. Of course being that this isn't south east DC and the budget's a little bigger then Orange county Virginia... the helicopters were a good call. I remember from running this path in my youth i wasn't in view of a road from the foot path or a house at all times. This place sure has changed since i was in school.
Paula October 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
It's not like Fairfax is some backwoods town with no police funding. I mean, they used a helicopter at least twice I think! That's not cheap to do. It's all very unsettling. I hope and pray the medical examiner can accurately diagnose what happened to this young man. It shouldn't have happened this way -- suicide or not, he should have been found much sooner -- unless his body wasn't in the woods the entire time
paul October 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I agree with you Paula and I hope that searches like these improve in the future.
T-Bird October 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I know all that I and any other member of the public need to know. It was not foul play. End of story. It's now a family matter and should be left at that.
Paula October 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Me too, Paul. Losing a 17 year old from the community is sad enough -- not knowing how to find them makes the pain even worse.
Fairfax Mother October 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM
There is really so much that doesn't add up in this case. I do hope that an explanation of exactly what happened is forthcoming. I am so sorry for the family, I hope you find peace.
Elizabeth M October 15, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I have always been under the impression that results of autopsies paid for by public/tax monies are public information. Those paid for by private persons are private.
Bridget October 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Hi everyone. My brother killed himself in June and it is so crazy the first month after it happens, confusion, horror, agony especially for the parents. Because they did not say it is a murder, it is a suicide. With a suicide, there are tons of questions like everyone is asking and nothing ever makes sense. The family is probably in so much emotional pain they can only deal with their inward stuff, not the public yet. Also, concussions can cause someone to commit suicide and he was on the football team. So many questions and usually no answers, best thing to do is to make sure you pay attention to the friends and family in your inner circle, particularly male, and if they are going through stress keep at them to talk to you or to talk to someone they trust, they key is to realize they are not alone in their feelings. Hope this wasn't too much for everyone.
WTW Alum October 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Read between the lines people... "no predator on the loose" is just another way of saying he wasn't murdered. The only option that comes to my mind when they say he was found in "an upright position" is that he maybe hung himself. How else could people have mistaken him for an searchteam member and walked by him several times as stated in one article i read.
Paula October 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
That's the point, none of us really know how Bryan was found and that's why it's difficult to understand. Remember the same police who are saying there's "no predator on the loose" are the same ones who could not locate his body.
Paul LaChance October 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Paula, if you have a gripe, schedule an appointment with the police chief, the ombudsman or a locally elected official. It's obvious that a number of folks here don't want to hear your unsubstantiated, disrepectful nonsense.
Paula October 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Paul, the fact is, I am entitled to express myself exactly the same as you. No one is forced to read my thoughts, especially and in particular you.
megak8 October 15, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Of course, he could have died of natural causes, which would also explain why there's no threat to the public at this time. As a reminder, the human mortality rate is 100%.
Sarah Richards October 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
That article is from April 23, 2012, and was about a known threat.
T-Bird October 16, 2012 at 02:09 AM
The ignorance and arrogance of some people on here is shocking. paul (little "p") and Paula, I speak of you. Nobody was asking either of you to abridge your freedom of expression, but to act like an adult and have a little compassion for the family. Obviously, this was beyond your comprehension or maturity level. Whitney, if you are reading this I see no reason to keep this comment section open. It should be closed and this DOJ/PAR person need to be banned.
Whitney Rhodes (Editor) October 16, 2012 at 02:51 AM
If it keeps going downhill like this, expect it... Please folks. This is a touchy issue, I know. But keep it productive.
Just Thinking October 16, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Right this was posted in April they said the parks were not safe then. Are theyany safer now then they were then?
paul October 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
T-bird you are about the worst commenter on here which I'm sure you are aware of. You use some pretty big words in all your sassy comments you have specifically dirrected at other people. Caps or not.
T-Bird October 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Uh huh. I'm the worst here. Because I'm the one who is saying that some poor kids suicide is MY business because it happened in a park, right? Because appeasing my curiosity is more important that proper police procedures or the privacy of the family, right? Oh no, I'm wrong. That was you. Clearly, like many in this area, you were not taught empathy and compassion as a child. Sad really. That and I guess my "big words" confused your developmentally disabled mind. I only hope you don't pass this on to your children or you don't reproduce. The gene pool could do with less of the likes of you.


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