LORTON, Va. — In a secluded neighborhood along the Potomac River, Fairfax County Police spent Tuesday and Wednesday evening going door-to-door in hopes of solving a murder.
Almost three weeks ago, 83-year-old Johan De Leede, a retired World Bank economist, was found shot inside his waterfront home in Lorton.
It happened March 11 at the home at 6017 River Drive in the Hallowing Point area of Mason Neck.
De Leede later died, and no arrests have been made.
Nearby, detectives have been knocking on doors, interviewing neighbors and leaving behind fliers.
Neighbor Leslie Jacobs says when he heard about the crime, he couldn’t believe it.
“It the most shocking thing that’s happened since I’ve been here. The next most shocking thing is usually a mailbox bashing,” he says.
He’s lived in the area for 16 years.
“These kinds of things don’t happen around here. Actually, on Mason Neck period,” Jacobs adds.
“This is a very quiet environment. We’ve been insulated from this until now.”
Jacobs says police have stepped up patrols in the area since the shooting.
“I’ve been really pleased to see that. I think they’re doing a really outstanding job and really trying to find out what’s behind this,” he says.
Police say they plan to hold a community meeting about the case sometime soon, but a date has not yet been set.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 703-246-7800, Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS or police at 703-691-2131.
You can also leave a tip online or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES.
Tipsters may remain anonymous through Crime Solvers, and you will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the tip leads to an arrest or closure of the case.