Police have identified the remains of the man found last February in the Groveton area as Thomas Bilbao, 51.
The county medical examiner’s office was unable to determined a cause or manner of death, but a police spokeswoman said Thursday that there were no signs of foul play. Investigators believed Bilbao had been dead for about a year when his body was discovered by construction workers in the 6900 block of Richmond Highway (see map) on February 1, 2018.
Bilbao’s remains were found with identification, but a positive ID proved difficult to determine because Bilbao had been deceased for such a long time before being discovered, the spokeswoman said. At the time of his discovery, police said Bilbao had a card from a local homeless shelter and that the wooded area he was found in was a known homeless camp — a characterization that neighbors pushed back against.
Fairfax County spokesman Jeremy Lasich said Thursday that due to privacy reasons, the shelter could not confirm whether Bilbao was a resident at one point. Police said that Bilbao had no fixed address.