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Police Arrest Two in Connection With Game Preserve Road Homicide

Montgomery County Police have charged two suspects in connection with human remains found in a wooded area off Game Preserve Road in November.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division have arrested two suspects for the homicide of Jordy Mejia, age 22, of New Jersey. Police say it was Mejia’s body which was found by hikers in a shallow grave in the wooded area in the 11500 block of Game Preserve Road on Nov. 12, 2016.

The two suspects, Neris Moreno, 19, of West New York, NJ, and Jackelin Leiba-Esperanza, age 16, of Brentwood, MD, were arrested on Monday, Jan. 2 in Silver Spring on the strength of Montgomery County arrest warrants. They have been charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and are being held without bond. Leiba-Esperanza has been charged as an adult.

Due to the ongoing investigation, police said that no additional details will be released by the Department at this time.

According to police, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at approximately 4:27 pm, officers from the MCPD 6th District responded to a wooded area in the 11500 block of Game Preserve Road for the report of human remains that had been found by hikers.