Update: Child Dies After Falling In Vienna Creek

Twelve-year-old Jack Donaldson, a student at the Dominion Christian School in Oakton, was swept away around 6 p.m. Thursday

Update 5:21 p.m. Friday: A memorial service for Jack Donaldson will begin at 2 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary at the Vienna Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in the great hall.

Jack, 12, was the son of Tim Donaldson and Anna Whiston-Donaldson and a brother to younger sister Margaret, the church wrote on its website.

Update 9:04 a.m. Friday: Fairfax County Police said 12-year-old Jack Donaldson was reported missing around 6 p.m. last night after he had been playing in his backyard on Marcliff Court.

Fairfax County police, fire and rescue personnel responded to the area to search for the boy. His body was found around 8 p.m. in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road, the department said in a statement.

Donaldson was a student at the Dominion Christian School in Oakton.

Original, 9:17 p.m. Thursday A child in Vienna died Thursday after being swept away in Vienna's Piney Branch Creek, the Associated Press is reporting.

The 12-year-old boy fell into the creek near Marcliff Court, Fairfax County told the Washington Post. Marcliff Court is a secondary street to Lawyers Road.

Dan Schmidt, spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue,told the Associated Press that creeks in the county have swollen out of their banks in Thursday's rain.

In another incident at around 7 p.m., police and emergency personnel responded to an apparent drowning of a 67-year-old man. He had been driving his Toyota Yaris in rising waters near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive.

The man, Arsalan Hakiri, was swept downstream in his car. As he apparently tried to get out, he was swept into the creek and drowned near Carrwood Drive.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

This article has been updated.

Correction: Donaldson's first name is Jack. Fairfax County Police provided incorrect information.

Peter L. Spain September 10, 2011 at 03:10 PM
We send our condolences and prayers to the Donaldson family. A tremendous loss. All of us are saddened deeply.
anahita shafa September 11, 2011 at 01:37 AM
So sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart what happened. I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through. So so sorry for your loss.
Philomena Fant September 12, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you. Fant family
Michelle Wolfson September 12, 2011 at 06:46 PM
As a fellow mom, blogger, and a Patch writer, I wish to express my sincere condolences to the Donaldson family. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
Melissa FitzGerald September 12, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Melissa and Elizabeth FitzGerald send their love to Anna, and our heartfelt sympathy.


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