Spotsylvania man charged with defiling, concealing body found in woods

A Spotsylvania County, Virginia, man has been arrested and charged in the case of a dead body that was located in the woods earlier this week.

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Brennan Thomas was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with defiling and concealing the body of 20-year-old Stafford resident Dylan Dakota Whetzel.

“The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Whetzel during this tragic time,” the department said in a release.

Deputies found Whetzel deceased in a wooded area near Pamunkey Road and Finney Road on Monday night. Law enforcement began a homicide investigation, which led to Thomas being identified as a person of interest. He was subsequently taken into custody based on evidence and witness accounts of the incident.

Thomas is charged with defilement of a dead human body, conspiracy to defile a dead human body, concealment of a dead body, conspiracy to conceal a dead body, conceal or compound evidence and conspiracy to conceal or compound evidence.

He is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

In a Tuesday news release, the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office said additional people may be charged in Whetzel’s death as the investigation continues.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital reporter and editor in June 2018. He is a writer and photojournalist focusing on politics, political activism and national affairs, with recent multimedia contributions to Reuters, MSNBC and PBS.

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