Police Department News Release
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
December 6, 2006
Homicide Investigations Update
Investigation has led detectives to link the Marion Marshall and Marion Newman homicides. The same suspect is believed to have committed the murders and may have ties to the Crestwood Community and Edsall Park Communities in the North Springfield area.
Police are asking for assistance from the community to identify the suspect.
He took an unusual ring from Marion Newman and may have displayed, sold or traded it to someone in the area. The custom-made ring is described as white gold with a three diamond setting; the diamonds are side-by-side. There is a leaf design in the band.
The suspect is committing crimes of opportunity; police encourage the community to take safety precautions. Safety tips are listed on the Fairfax County Police Department Web site.
Anyone with information about the ring, these murders or a potential suspect is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. An additional phone number has been established for those who would like to call in tips in Spanish. That number is 703-246-2678.
Marion Marshall Homicide
Detectives are investigating the homicide of Marion Barbara Marshall, a 72-year-old North Springfield-area woman. On Monday, August 14 at about 6:10 p.m. a friend found Marshall deceased in her home at 6620 Bostwick Drive and called police. Investigation and autopsy revealed Marshall’s death was due to trauma to the upper body.
Detectives investigating the homicide have determined that on Monday, August 14 about 11:15 a.m., Ms. Marshall was in the Annandale area. She was last seen at the Giant Food store at the Bradlick Shopping Center, located at 6980 Braddock Road. Store surveillance video indicates Ms. Marshall was in the store shopping.
Marion Newman Homicide
On Tuesday, November 21 around 11:15 a.m., police responded to 7102 Reservoir Road for the murder of 74-year-old Marion Newman. The victim was found dead inside the home by a friend. Cause of death was trauma to the upper body. Investigation has determined that there were no signs of forced entry into the home and there were signs of a struggle. Marion Newman was last seen on the evening of Sunday, November 19.