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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.

The wooded area where Mejia’s body was found is part of the Great Seneca Creek Park, which creates a natural border between Germantown and Gaithersburg. Game Preserve Road runs through that portion of the woodlands. There are some homes along Game Preserve Road which runs from Clopper Road northeast to Frederick Road and beyond, but it is essentially a wooded area.

In August of 2015, hunters discovered another male body in a shallow grave in a different wooded area of the parkland about three miles north in Great Seneca Stream Valley Park off Germantown Road. In December 2015, four suspected members of the MS-13 street gang were arrested in connection with that murder.

Photo courtesy MCPD.

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