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Man charged with murdering father after body found in Lucketts house fire

Michael F. Bowles, who’s charged with first degree murder in connection with his father’s death. Courtesy photo
A Leesburg man has been charged with murdering his father after a body was discovered inside a burned home in Lucketts last week.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Michael F. Bowles, 20, has been charged with first degree murder and was taken into custody Tuesday in Fairfax County in connection with the fatal shooting of his father.

The victim, Mario M. Bowles, 52, was found dead inside his Lucketts home last week.

The fire was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. July 25 when Loudoun County Fire Rescue personnel responded to the area of Bald Hill Road and Steed Hill Lane near Lucketts after a passerby reported seeing smoke in the area. After searching the area, crews discovered the first and second floors to a single family home were on fire.

Due to the severity of the blaze, units initiated an exterior attack on the fire to safely extinguish the fire, according to county officials. Crews were presented with water supply and access challenges as the home is in a rural part of the county with no fire hydrants. Fire operations continued throughout the night to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.

On July 26, officials were able to access and search through what remained of the home. At approximately 1 p.m., authorities discovered a body inside the residence.

The victim was positively identified as Mario M. Bowles by the Office of the Medical Examiner on July 31.

Michael Bowles remains held at the Fairfax County Detention Center and is awaiting transport back to Loudoun County.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the homicide investigation in cooperation with the arson investigation being completed by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.


I’m looking forward to hearing the great excuse to shooting his father and then burning him.

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