Tenant charged in death of Virginia woman missing since June

Posted at 6:27 AM, July 26, 2021 and last updated 4:30 PM, July 19, 2023

LORTON, Va. (AP) — The body of a 72-year-old Virginia woman who had been missing for weeks has been found, and a tenant of the woman’s has been charged with murder in her death, police announced Saturday.

Fairfax County police officials said at a news conference that the suspect, Brian George Sayrs Jr., came forward Friday night and led detectives to a wooded area where Emily Lu’s body was located, news outlets reported.

Sayrs, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder and felony concealment of a body, police said in a news release.

This July 23, 2021, booking photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows Brian George Sayrs Jr., is accused of murdering Emily Lu. (Fairfax County Police Department)

He was being held without bond, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Sayrs Jr. was a tenant at Lu’s Lorton home at the time of her disappearance, police said in the news release.

At the news conference, officials did not offer a motive for the slaying and declined to say how Lu was killed, The Washington Post reported.

The investigation into Lu’s disappearance began after she failed to show up for work June 4, according to police. She had last been seen at a grocery store a day earlier.

Lu had been a longtime resident of Fairfax County, according to the newspaper.