Suffolk woman, two boys believed dead

Published 9:33 pm Monday, July 31, 2017

Law enforcement in Northern Virginia believe they have found the bodies of a Suffolk woman and two children who went missing over the weekend.




The woman, Courtney Ashe, 27, was last seen leaving a family residence in Ashburn on Friday with Jalen C. Sills-Russell, age 9, and Cameron A. Martin, age 5. Ashe had traveled from another family residence in the Leesburg area with Jalen, a cousin, to pick up her son, Cameron, in a blue 2002 Ford Taurus. The three were expected to return to the residence in Leesburg but never arrived.

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said during a press conference Monday evening that the bodies of a woman and two children were found in a blue 2002 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was located by a family member who had joined the search, Chapman said.

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The car was found upside down in a creek near Hogeland Mill Road and Evergreen Mills Road, Chapman said.

“We’re still working to confirm the identities of the people that were in the car,” Chapman said during the press conference. “We believe them at this point to be who we were looking for.”

Chapman noted it was raining heavily in the area on Friday night, and the area they were traveling is known to be a difficult road.

“This is a notoriously tough road when it comes to weather conditions,” he said. “It’s not a great road to navigate in normal times, let alone in very bad weather. It’s just a tragic end to a tragic scenario.”

Chapman said the investigation will continue, but indications at this point do not point to any sign of foul play.

“It’s such a difficult situation to everybody,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with (the family).”