Venus left her home voluntarily on Jan. 15, with a black and red backpack full of clothes. Her mother reported her missing that day and Venus was entered into the National Crime Information Center database. Due to recent developments in several ongoing investigations, detectives now believe Venus might be endangered.
UPDATED Feb. 14, 10:19 p.m.: Venus returned home at about 9 p.m. while a local TV news crew was interviewing her mother, FCPD reports. On Feb. 15, FCPD tweeted this: “Venus Ireheta is in custody. “Due to her age, we are prohibited by law about revealing whether she’s facing any criminal charges.”
According to a report from WTOP, Iraheta’s boyfriend, Christian Alexander Sosa Rivas, 21, of Fairfax was murdered last month, and his body was discovered along the Potomac River in Dumfries on Jan. 12.
That report also says both Iraheta and a murdered 15-year-old, Damaris “Alexandria” Rivas, whose remains were found at an industrial park in Springfield Feb. 11, were involved in gang activity.
FCPD has identified 10 suspects, four adults and six juveniles, they believe to be involved in the murder of Reyes Rivas. Detectives believe the teen was held against her will, taken to Lake Accotink Park, and assaulted before she was killed and left nearby in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road on or around Jan. 8. Her body was found Feb. 11. Nine suspects are in custody and have been charged with abduction and gang participation. Additional charges are expected.