A resident of Fairfax County had been out of the country for weeks, and when she returned, she had a surprise, according to county police.

She found two strangers living in her apartment, police said.

Police said it was about 5:20 p.m. Thursday when she returned to the apartment in the 7000 block of Republic Court. The address is in the Hybla Valley area, in the southeastern part of the county, a few hundred yards east of Richmond Highway.

When she found the two men, she called 911, and they fled, police said.

In a report, police said that “there was evidence they had been staying in the apartment for an extended amount of time.” There were no signs of forced entry, police said.

One of the strangers was black, 30 to 40 years old and 6 feet tall, with a big beard and dark clothing, police said. They said the other was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet tall and skinny with dreadlocks.

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