Stephen Vance Bandle, 25, a Fairfax County police officer attached to the McLean district station, was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle apparently went out of control on Rte. 7 near Colvin Run Road.
Capt. Kelly Coffelt, McLean police station commander, said Mr. Bandle apparently was on his way to his home in Sterling Park after getting off work at midnight on Tuesday when the accident occured.
Mr. Bandle was riding his own motorcycle, which apparently went out of control, hit a guard rail and flipped into a gully, Coffelt said. Police from the McLean station started searching for the officer on Thursday and found the body in the gully yesterday, Coffelt reported.
Born in Norman, Okla., Mr. Bandle grew up in McLean, where he graduated from McLean High School in 1971. He became interested in police work while still a student and used to "hang around" the McLean station, police said.
Mr. Bandle jointed the police department in 1975 and graduated first in a class of 52 from the Northern Virginia Police Academy in 1976. He planned to enter law school in the fall, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Tina Bistyga Bandle, of the home; his mother, Margaret (Luke) Bandle, a sister, Cindy, and a brother, Melvin, all of Reston; another brother, Curtis, of Bethesda, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Mitchell, of Ojai, Calif., and Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Bandle, of Oakbrige, Ore.