Police creating timeline in Chesterfield teen's murder

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police need your help tracing the final steps of a Chesterfield teen found dead near the James River.

Detectives hope a picture of Osbin Hernandez-Gonzales, 18, will jog someone's memory. Police took the unusual step today in releasing that picture.

The hope is someone may have seen him in the hours before the shooting in the woods at Huguenot Flatwater, the western-most parcel of the James River Park.

Richmond police are creating a critical timeline in the teen's death. A look at the teen's face may spark a memory that could solve his murder.

"If anybody saw him in that area," said Gene Lepley with Richmond Police.

That area being Huguenot Flatwater off Riverside Drive, about a mile and a half west of Pony Pasture Rapids.

It's a popular spot for hikers and joggers, like Jim Gustin.

"To have something like that happen here, in a fairly quiet part of the river part of the park system, is a surprise," said Gustin.

Sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday, gunshots may have jolted someone awake. If so, police want to know about it.

"We're trying to pin down an exact time," said Lepley.

Gustin doesn't live far from the trail. But didn't hear any shots ring out at that time.

Hernandez-Gonzales' body was found five hours later by a man walking his dog.

"The fact that it's quiet, as a result maybe there's not so many eyes here in terms of patrols. I'm not sure of that either but it might be a spot that appeals to somebody that wanted to do something like this," Gustin said.

Police want to know why Hernandez-Gonzales was here at Huguenot Flatwater so far away from home, about 7 to 8 miles from his mother's house on Falling Creek Avenue in Chesterfield.

A deacon from the family's church tells me he lived there with his mother. The teen's father is in Guatemala where his parents are from.

A father himself, Gustin feels for the teen's family.

"I'm as shocked about the loss as about the news itself," said Gustin.

Police are still awaiting autopsy results. They have received some good information from tips in the last 24 hours. But still need more to pinpoint the teen's whereabouts in his final hours.

If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime stoppers at 780-1000. You don't have to leave your name.

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