A Suffolk woman and two children who were reported missing in Loudoun are believed to be the people found dead in an overturned car in Sycolin Creek today.
Courtney Ashe, 27, was last seen leaving a family residence in Ashburn with her 9-year-old cousin Jaylen C. Sills-Russell and her five-year-old son Cameron A. Martin on Friday. Ashe had traveled from her uncle’s residence in the Leesburg area with Jaylen to pick up her son Cameron. The three were expected to return to Leesburg but never arrived.
After the disappearance was reported, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued a public alert Sunday night. On Monday, the Fairfax County Police helicopter was called in to help with the search.
Family members, some coming from New Jersey, also continued to search the area.
At 5:30 p.m. today, their car was found by a family member upside-down in Sycolin Creek near Hogeland Mill Road off Evergreen Mills Road south of Leesburg. When first responders arrived, the family member had already pulled Ashe from the car; the two children were still inside.
Sheriff Mike Chapman said there is no indication of foul play. He said the road is “not a great road to navigate in normal times, let alone bad weather,” indicating Friday’s torrential rains.
“At this point, it looks as though maybe the vehicle had crossed over the center line, maybe it got caught up in the rain and hit the embankment,” Chapman said. He added it’s a “tragic end to a tragic scenario.”
The car was in an area of heavy brush cover, Chapman said, and not easily visible from the road or even from the air. Also, it is likely the creek was flooded during the weekend and covering the car more than today when the water was about halfway up the side of the car, he said.
As of 8 p.m., Evergreen Mills Road is expected to be closed for several more hours.