An SUV belonging to a New York woman reported missing has been found in Fairfax County, Virginia, and police have arrested a man for stealing the vehicle.
Vianele Tavera, 50, left her home in New York for a planned trip to Philadelphia. The mother of five has not been in contact with her family since Saturday, July 28, police said.
Fairfax County police said Tavera's Acura MDX was found in the 9000 block of South Park Circle in Fairfax Station on Monday.
Officers were initially called there about a man inside the SUV who needed medical attention, police said. They found 38-year-old Luis E. Negron-Martinez, of Philadelphia, inside the SUV.
Police then discovered the SUV belonged to Tavera and she had been reported missing. Officers then obtained a search warrant and found a handgun inside the vehicle.
Negron-Martinez was arrested on charges of grand larceny and possession of a concealed weapon. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held without bond.
Fairfax County police said Negron-Martinez and Tavera know each other.
Police believe Tavera made it to her destination, but that she may have been harmed.
Fairfax County authorities said they have been working closely with the New York Police Department, Philadelphia Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police.
Police are asking anyone with information related to the disappearance of Tavera to call 703-691-2131.