Skeletal remains of Rosa Diaz-Santos found in Maryland woods

Skeletal remains of Rosa Diaz-Santos found in Maryland woods

The skeletal remains of a Maryland high school girl who vanished in September were found in a wooded area just outside Washington, DC, police said. 

Rosa Diaz-Santos’ body was found on Nov. 15 behind some homes on Drexel Street in the town of Takoma Park, the Prince George County Police Department said on Monday. 

It wasn’t clear how the 17-year-old’s remains were discovered — but over the weekend, the local medical examiner confirmed the body belonged to Diaz-Santos and ruled the death a homicide, cops said. 

It was also not revealed how the teen was killed — and police were still searching for a suspect Tuesday. 

Diaz-Santos, who lived in Greenbelt, Md., was last seen on the morning of Sept. 22 when she was on her way to Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

The street near where the teen's body was found.
The teen’s remains were found in a wooded area in Takoma Park.
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A photo of Rosa Diaz-Santos
Rosa Diaz-Santos was last seen walking to school on Sept. 22, police said.
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Cops are working to determine any possible motive behind the slaying.

Dr. Portia Barnes, the principal of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, sent a schoolwide email to families Monday saying Diaz-Santos’ death has been difficult for the school to handle. 

“For those of you who knew Rosa, we ask that you remember and celebrate her life,” the letter, obtained by FOX5 DC, states.

“For those of you who did not know Rosa, we ask that you respect our sadness and support us with your understanding. It is very difficult for all of us to face the death of a young person.”