Fairfax police ID remains as brothers missing since 2010

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Investigators have identified the remains of two men found in Fairfax County as brothers missing since 2010, police announced Thursday.

Forensic DNA testing confirmed that the remains found in the 10200 Furnace Road in July 2010 were that of Manuel Mireles-Garcia and that those found about eight months later along the same roadway were that of his brother, Alberto de Jesus Mireles-Garcia. The men’s remains were found about a mile apart.

“The detectives have been working this as homicide since day one but the link is a significant connection,” Fairfax County police spokesman Officer Eddy Azcarate said.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that both men died of trauma to the upper body but the condition of the remains prevented the medical examiner from providing a more specific cause of death, Officer Azcarate said.

Family members reported Manuel Mireles-Garcia, 34, and Alberto de Jesus Mireles-Garcia, 35, missing to Prince William County police the morning of May 12 after neither brother had been seen for a day and a half. Both of their vehicles were located at their apartment in Triangle, Va. but neither their keys nor identification cards were found.
The brothers’ apartment is located about 13 miles south of the area where their remains were found.

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