Dead Man Near Reston Path IDed by Police

Former Restonian Christoph Walker died of natural causes, Fairfax County police said.

Fairfax County Police have identified the man found dead near the Reston path on Monday as Christoph Walker, 51, of Sacramento, Calif.

Walker is the son of Reston’s first Open Space and Nature Center Director, Vernon J. Walker, for whom the Walker Nature Education Center is named.

Christoph Walker was visiting family in the 11200 block of Harbor Court in Reston when he went out for a run Monday morning. His family became concerned when he did not return, and then saw the story on Reston Patch about the unidentifed man late Monday afternoon, county police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.

Walker was found by a passerby lying on mulch next to a swing set off of French Horn Lane near the bike path and across the street from the Walker Nature Center about 11:20 a.m. Monday, Fairfax County Police said.

He appeared to die of natural causes, Caldwell said, but an autopsy will be performed.

The Walker family - including Christoph and two other sons - were Reston pioneers as they moved to Reston in 1967. Vernon Walker died in 1982, and his wife, Elfriede, a real estate agent, died in 2004. 

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Charlie January 15, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Even the occassional runner should consider a Shoe ID. It's like a dog tag that you lace into your running shoe. I'm glad that Reston Patch was able to help reunite that man with his loved ones. Condolences to the family.
Beth Winstanley January 15, 2013 at 07:25 PM
So very sad to hear of Christoph's passing. His family will always be remembered in Reston for their love of nature and life. In that I send my condolences to the family, so young. Rest in peace Chris!!!
christine L.Waleski January 15, 2013 at 07:32 PM
We knew both his parents from early Reston days .Sad news indeed . Christine and George Waleski
Wwacker January 16, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I will never leave for a run without ID again. I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Vern and Alfriede. Rest in Peace Christoph.
Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt January 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Very sad to hear this. Chris attending Herndon High School with David and I. We were all in band together. Chris was a very kind person. Lisa Sechrest-Ehrhardt


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