- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2012

An Alexandria community activist was shot before his body was dropped in the Fort Washington well where it was recovered this weekend, police said Monday.

Officials are seeking the anonymous caller who led them to the abandoned home where they found the body of 53-year-old Lenwood “Lenny” Harris, who had been missing since September.

“Someone obviously was familiar with the area,” Prince George's County police chief Mark A. Magaw said, highlighting the isolated nature of the location.

Mr. Harris, a longtime Alexandria resident who mentored youth and founded the non-profit Operation Hope to provide free public services in the community, was last seen alive Sept. 21.

“He seemed to be going about a normal routine,” Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook said at a joint-agency press conference Monday.

Early on in the missing persons investigation, Alexandria police suspected foul play as investigators discovered Mr. Harris‘ credit cards were used at several locations in Prince George’s County and in Alexandria in the 24 hours after his disappearance. Police released images of a man seen using Mr. Harris‘ credit card at an ATM machine in September but said Monday they have not made any arrests in relation to the case.

Mr. Harris‘ cell phone was found on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Sept. 22 and his car was found in Oxon Hill in October. He was last seen at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in the Old Town area of Alexandria.

An anonymous phone call received Thursday directed Prince George's County police to investigate the well, located in the 11900 block of Old Fort Road. The property was abandoned in 1996 after the last owner died, Chief Magaw said.

A reward of $38,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case, and police hope it will persuade the person who provided the anonymous tip to get back in touch with investigators.