The human remains found Tuesday in Nokesville, Virginia, are those of an 18-year-old Fairfax County resident reported missing earlier this month.
The remains found near Nokesville Road and Fauquier Drive are those of Miguel Angel Ruiz Carrillo, police in Fairfax County and Prince William County said Thursday.
The killing was not random and likely was gang-related, Prince William County police said in a statement.
Police used cadaver dogs and helicopters in an extensive search of the area "based upon information received during the course of the investigation," police said. Carrillo’s body was recovered after this search.
Police say they are still investigating and no one has been charged in connection to Carrillo's death.
Carrillo was last seen Aug. 3 leaving his home in the 4200 block of Buckman Road in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. When he didn't come home by the next morning, his family called police.
Fairfax County police previously arrested two adults in connection to Carrillo's disappearance: Jose Vincent-Sosa, 20 and Edwin Dinarte Moreno, 18, both of Alexandria. They also arrested a girl, who was not named because she is a juvenile. All were charged with abduction and gang participation.
Family members said it was out of character for Carrillo to leave without telling his family. Police said Carrillo was "associated with gang activity."
Fairfax County Police believe he was last seen in a wooded area near the end of Pole Road at Pondside Terrace.
Carrillo was an 11th-grader at an alternative school in the Fairfax County Public Schools system.
Anyone with information about Carrillo's disappearance is asked to call Detective M. Fox at 571-489-1796 or Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
You can also submit a tip anonymously through Crime Solvers or text-a-tip by texting TIP187 plus your message to CRIMES(274637).