What had been listed as Stafford County’s first homicide of the year is no longer a Stafford case.

The Prince George’s County, Md., Police Department has taken over an ongoing murder investigation after police determined that the victim, identified Thursday as 16-year-old Jacson Chicas of Falls Church, was killed inside a home in Landover Hills, Md., before his remains were driven to Stafford and dumped.

The boy’s badly mutilated remains were discovered early Saturday in a grassy area off River Road in southern Stafford by a deputy who was on routine patrol. The deputy wasn’t initially sure what he’d seen in the area between the road and the Rappahannock River, but realized it was a body after getting out of his cruiser for a closer look, police said.

The victim suffered several different types of trauma and investigators quickly declared the case a homicide.

The Stafford investigation this week has resulted in at least three arrests, including a juvenile. Two suspects, Jonathan Vladimir Castillo-Rivera, 20, and Kevin Alexis Rodriquez-Flores, 18, were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail this week.

Castillo-Rivera and Rodriquez-Flores were both charged with murder in Stafford, but those charges are expected to be transferred to Maryland.

In a news release Thursday, Prince George’s County police said the slaying occurred in the 7000 block of Varnum Street. Police released no details about the slaying, but said detectives do not believe it was a random crime.

Police are believed to be looking for at least one more suspect and said additional details will be released when available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George’s detectives at 301/772-4925.

Stafford Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Vicinanzo said the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police and various state and federal authorities have assisted in the investigation.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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