Police ID Man Found Dead at Springs

Body discovered Tuesday evening after neighbors reported odor.

The man found dead in a storage room at Springs Apartments on Tuesday has been identified as Robert Lee Spears, 53, of no fixed address. Fairfax County Police said Spears died from natural causes.

 Update, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.: Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick says there appears to be no foul play in the death.

"It is just a person who died," she said. "There is nothing criminal."

Original story: Fairfax County Police are investigating reports of a dead body found in the 12000 block of Greywing Square on Tuesday.

Police were called to the Springs apartments late Tuesday night after residents of the neighborhood smelled a strange odor coming from a basement storage area. The body is believed to be an adult male.

Police said they do not yet know the man's identity or how he died.

R December 23, 2011 at 11:02 PM
A sad story, did not know this gentleman but via Fairfax County General District Court records, he was a troubled soul with substance abuse and criminal issues. I'm sure his family tried valiantly to help him, it appears that his demons got the best of him. Link mentioned above: http://epwsgdp1.courts.state.va.us/gdcourts/nameSearch.do?fromSidebar=true&formAction=searchLanding&searchDivision=T&searchFipsCode=059 Also see http://www.restonian.org/2010_04_01_archive.html
DM December 24, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Yeah I see the criminal history which is an alcohol problem basically, so if family couldn't help him by providing a home for him, maybe they could have intervened with getting him rehabilitated. I guess that isn't much help to talk about that now. I just hope that others out there will help if in a similar situation because it is sad to know that your family member could pass in a lonely storage room. I pray he is at peace now. And I did see the court records showed that he was "tried absentia" on the 19th for a resisting arrest charge from September- the day before they found his poor soul. Too sad.
kim young December 26, 2011 at 04:09 AM
I am sad that my childhood friend is gone, he was a very nice man and he had a big heart! He fell on hard times as many of us have and he had some skeletons in his closet that some have found to be more interesting than the fact that he died. How is it possible for anyone to smell him all that time and not report it to the rental office? If something doesn't smell right in my refrigerator I check it! You complain and you want to get a reduction in rent do you check your childs diaper when it goes to the bathroom #2. I would hope so! He was a person homeless maybe but there is no need to disrespect him. Do you really think he planned on dying in there? I send my condolences to his family! Just maybe and I'm just saying, he didn't want to be a burden to his family that may be why he didn't live with them. Yes, he had some issues but so do we when we care more about what we can gain when someone dies. RIP Robert (I loved you my friend unconditionally)
Gabriela December 26, 2011 at 04:31 AM
I live in the building next door. My mom and I are planning to make a pettition to get the codes to enter the buildings fixed, because it's dangerous to have it open for the public. It's there for a reason isn't it? I don't think they should have waited until something like this happened. My mom, a neighbor, and I are trying to see if we can get the petition by the whole neighborhood and sent to Lerner Coorporation.
George December 26, 2011 at 09:55 AM
We need to have much better treatment for addicts of drugs, including alcohol. In both short and long term this would save money and lives.


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