Body found by searchers looking for missing W.T. Woodson student

Glenn, 17, was reported missing on Oct. 1. He hadn't been seen since. Photo: Fairfax County Police

A body was found in the area where volunteer searchers were looking for a missing 17-year-old W.T. Woodson High School student. While authorities have not identified the body, Glenn's family says the body is their son.

The body was discovered Monday in the woods near where missing teen Bryan Glenn's vehicle was discovered.

Family and others say the body is Glenn's, but police have not yet officially confirmed the identification.

Glenn, who was last seen on Oct. 1 on the Woodson campus in Fairfax, had been missing for more than a week. The senior had just dropped his younger brother off at school and told him that he was going to find a parking spot.

Instead, though, authorities say Glenn drove to a Dunkin' Donuts on Route 50, made a purchase and drove off. He wasn't seen again.

It was right around 2 p.m. Monday that word started filtering out that a body was found.

For hours, volunteer searchers combed through miles of densely wooded parkland surrounding a creek.

Then, about a quarter mile in, not far off a trail, a search group found the body.

The family was at the search site but not with the group that found him. A friend says they are understandably devastated.

Glenn's parents, Mike and Rosella Glenn, released this statement late Monday:

"With tremendous sadness in our hearts, we learned this afternoon of our son Bryan’s death. This devastating news has been a great shock to our family and friends. Right now this family and our community are grieving and we need to let the investigation run its course.

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Thanks to everyone in the community and around the globe who offered their love, prayers and support to our family over the past week. Your kindness has given us strength during this difficult time and has touched our hearts forever. Our family would like to express our profound gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers and search team leads. Special thanks to the media and Fairfax area businesses for their continued support ."