A 78-year-old man who was reported missing on Monday was found dead behind his home in Fairfax County, Virginia, and his 19-year-old son has been charged in his murder, police say.
Detectives were at the 3300 block of Nevius Street in the Falls Church section of the county since 10 a.m. Wednesday searching for clues in the disappearance of Truman Nguyen.
Just before 4 p.m., Fairfax County police said they had found Nguyen's body buried in the backyard after receiving several leads.
Nguyen's 19-year-old son, Philip Nguyen, was charged with second-degree murder in his killing, police said.
"It's just beyond the pale and beyond my imagination that someone would actually do that," neighbor Tony Albert said.
The suspect is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond, Ed O'Carroll, of the county police department, said.
Police say they have responded to the Nguyens' house several time for arguments. Detectives are now investigating a motive in this case.
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"These cases are complicated. Officers and detectives have been working diligently at the scene," O'Carroll said.
"It's very scary and creepy," neighbor Silvia Albert said. "I'm wordless. I saw the young man not too long ago working in his yard."
Another neighbor told News4 an older couple originally from Vietnam and a teenager live in the home, and yet another said he heard the son calling out for his father at the home on Sunday.
"I could hear somebody calling out a name repeatedly in Vietnamese, and it turned out he was calling out 'father.' It was his son. He was calling out 'father,'" neighbor Johnny Norfolk told News4.
Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.