Virginia Detectives Suspect Foul Play in 72-Year-Old Woman’s Disappearance From Home

Fairfax County

Fairfax County Police Department detectives suspect foul play may have been involved in the disappearance of 72-year-old Emily Lu.

What happened: Authorities arrived at Lu’s home in Davis Lane, Lorton, on June 4 to conduct a welfare check at the request of the woman’s employer when she failed to show up for work, according to the police department.

 

  • Police found Lu’s car in her driveway with the groceries she purchased at Aldi in Gordon Plaza in Woodbridge on June 3.

 

  • During the investigation, detectives found evidence suggesting Lu may have been attacked in her home.
  • Authorities spoke with Lu’s neighbors but to no avail. A family member also gave police a Belle Haven address that Lu frequently visits, but officers did not find her there.
  • Police have set up a $20,000 reward to help find Lu, NBC News reported.

Other details: Joshua Embery, a Prince William County private investigator from the Nighthawk Investigative Service, formed a search team with the local community to help locate Lu, WUSA9 reported.

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  • Jenny Ball, daughter of Lu, told Dateline everything seemed fine when she last spoke with her mother on June 3, adding that there was no indication that something was off.
  • Lu worked in software development before her retirement. She spends most of her retirement working for Home Instead Senior Care.
  • Ball added her mother has been renting the rooms of her Lorton home to tenants for three decades.
  • Lu is described as a 5-feet-2 tall Asian woman and weighs about 130 pounds (58.9 kilograms). She has brown eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with information are urged to contact Fairfax County Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 6. Anonymous tips can also be sent to Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), or by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411.

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