FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (DC News Now) — The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) said a man was arrested and charged in connection to a woman’s body found in Burke Lake Park.
Rami El Sayed was arrested in Paterson City, N.J. early this morning. He is charged with second degree murder.
Officers said they responded to a 911 call on Saturday at around 3:00 p.m. When police arrived at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station they discovered the body of 40-year-old mother, Cara Abbruscato, of Fairfax, inside a tent.
Major Jeff Reiff of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit said that surveillance video from the park linked the two together. He said they had met about 10 days prior to Abbruscato’s death.
Reiff said there was trauma to Abbruscato’s upper body, including stab wounds and lacerations. An autopsy was requested to determine the manner of death.
Inside the tent, investigators found items from El Sayed’s employer. Investigators entered Abbruscato’s license plate number in a database, which helped them track El Sayed as he crossed multiple state lines into New Jersey.
Police have also asked anyone who may have camped at Burke Lake Park campground between Sept. 19 and Sept. 30 who may have information about the makeshift tent pictured below, to please reach out to the Fairfax County Police Department.
El Sayed is set to be extradited to Virginia in coming days.