dismemberment suspects

Dominic Samuels, left, and Bronwyn C. Meeks

The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office has dropped charges against one suspect and charged two others in connection with the death of a Stafford man whose dismembered body was found Feb. 1.

Dominic McCall, 18, was released from jail after forensic evidence excluded him as a suspect. McCall was initially charged after eyewitness accounts, and held pending the forensic evidence "due to the lack of cooperation of individuals under investigation at that time," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

The victim, 20-year-old Dylan Dakota Whetzel of Stafford, was found after the sheriff's office was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle parked in the wood line around 7:30 p.m. in western Spotsylvania. No one was in the car and it was private property, so the deputy advised the homeowner to have it towed. Around 10 p.m. that night, a 911 caller reported finding a possible body in the woods in the same area.

Deputies arrived to what they called a "gruesome" scene of a dismembered body, later identified as Whetzel.

Brennan Thomas, 19, of Spotsylvania was charged earlier this month with  defilement of a dead human body, conspiracy to defile a dead human body, concealment of a dead body, conspiracy to conceal a dead body, conceal or compound evidence and conspiracy to conceal or compound evidence, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office also charged a man and woman in connection with the case. 

Dominic Samuels, 21, of Spotsylvania, was charged with defilement of a dead human body, conspiracy to defile a dead human body, concealment of a dead body, conspiracy to conceal a dead body, conceal or compound evidence and conspiracy to conceal or compound evidence. the sheriff's office said.

Bronwyn C. Meeks, 21, also of Spotsylvania, was charged with conceal or compound evidence and conspiracy to conceal or compound evidence.

Detectives are still investigating the motive behind the crime. They have not released how Whetzel died and no one has been charged with his murder.

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(4) comments

derek sangster

Where are my culture of violence folks who love to comment on Woodbridge? It does happen in your neck of the woods I see.

Fredrick22

Does Va. have the death penalty? If so, get "ol Sparky" heated up

Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!

IMHO, they look the part.

Martin Geter

Gosh darn culture of violence and possibly satanic rituals

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