Police in Northern Virginia are investigating as a homicide the suspicious death of a woman originally from the Roanoke area.
Fairfax County Police were asked to check on Genevieve Paulette Orange, 29, also known as Gini, at her apartment in the 6100 block of Leesburg Pike in Falls Church late Thursday morning. Police found her dead inside the apartment and said she appeared to have died of blunt force trauma to the upper body.
“We’re continuing to follow up on all leads, but police have not identified a suspect at this point,” Lucy Caldwell, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department, said Sunday.
An obituary earlier this year in The Roanoke Times stated that Genevieve Orange’s father, Lloyd E. Orange, of Blue Ridge, died Jan. 12 at the age of 74, and was survived by his wife of 35 years, Marilyn Orange.
Caldwell said that Genevieve Orange was apparently very active at McLean Bible Church, which is nicknamed “The Rock.” Her Facebook profile lists her as a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech.
Police were not releasing who made the initial call or what day exactly she appeared to have been assaulted. Homicide investigators and crime scene investigators responded to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing, Caldwell said.
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Detectives are investigating 29-year-old Genevieve Orange‘s death as a homicide, police said. She appears to have died from blunt force trauma to the upper body.
Officers found Orange’s body after they were sent to her building, the Prestwick in the 6100 block of Leesburg Pike, to make a welfare check.
Orange was a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech. She was involved with the McLean Bible Church, according to a relative.
“All of us here at the Futures Industry Association were shocked and profoundly saddened at the news of Gini Orange‘s untimely death,” said John Damgard, president of the FIA, the D.C. trade association where Orange worked. “She was a terrific employee and she was very well-liked by her colleagues here in the office and everyone she worked with on a daily basis. We all miss her very much.”
Anyone with information about the case should contact Crime Solvers by phone at 866-411-TIPS/8477 or online at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org. Tipsters can also text “TIP187” and a message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131.