Deceased Identified

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

News Release 13-39
Date:  April, 10, 2013

Handel Victor Stephens-Dowd, 24, 13288-B Leafcrest Lane, Fairfax, has been identified as the victim in connection to the outside fire on April 7, 2013, in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County. The medical examiner has not yet determined the cause or manner of death. Fire investigators and police continue the investigation.


Firefighters Find Body While Fighting Outside Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an outside fire, Sunday, April 7, 2013, at approximately 12:05 p.m. at Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway, and the Fairfax County Parkway, in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County. While fighting the fire, firefighters discovered the body of an unidentified adult male.

Firefighters encountered grass, brush, and several trees on fire near the east bound ramp of Lee-Jackson Highway to the Fairfax County Parkway upon arrival. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. After fire extinguishment, firefighters found a body in the area of the fire.

Fire investigators and police are jointly investigating the incident.

The medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death following an autopsy.

For more information, call Daniel L. Schmidt or Captain I Randal Bittinger,
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, 703-246-3801 and TTY: 711.
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702
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