MARYLAND—Fairfax County Police believe a body found in a wooded area in Piscataway Park is Hannah Choi. She went missing on March 5 and it is believed she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Joel Mosso Merino.
Detectives were notified by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday after a body was found in Piscataway Park. Police said a passerby found the body on the 1100 block of Overlook Dr. in Accokeek, Maryland, and called 911.
35-year-old Choi was last seen on March 5 at around 7 a.m. in the 5300 block of Jesmond Street in Alexandria, reports FOX5.
Authorities strongly believe Hannah’s ex-boyfriend Joel Merino murdered her inside the Alexandria home they shared and have charged him with second-degree murder and felony disposal of a body, according to FOX5.
Police served the murder warrant without the recovery of Hannah’s body and actively searching for Merino.
Detectives will continually work with the Medical Examiner to confirm the identity and manner of death. Once a positive identification has been made, an investigative update will be provided, reports FOX5.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Hannah with a goal of $50,000. It has already raised more than $51,000.