Two Virginia Tech students charged in death of 13-year-old girl

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 31, 2016 2:29 PM

By Colleen Jenkins

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Two Virginia Tech engineering students were jailed on Sunday on charges connected to the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl whose remains were found in North Carolina after a four-day search, police and university officials said.

David E. Eisenhauer, 18, a freshman from Columbia, Maryland, and member of the university's cross country team, was arrested on Saturday on abduction and murder charges in the death of local teenager Nicole Lovell, police said.

A second student, sophomore Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, also has been arrested, the university said. She is charged with improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony, officials said.

Lovell was last seen on Wednesday. A family member told the Roanoke Times it appeared she had climbed out a first-floor window to leave her family's apartment in Blacksburg, about 40 miles west of Roanoke, Virginia.

Virginia State Police found her remains Saturday afternoon in Surry County, North Carolina, about 90 miles south of Blacksburg, a statement from the Blacksburg Police Department said.

Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said investigators were working to reconstruct the timeline of events leading to Lovell's death.

Virginia Tech said it had the authority to suspend students immediately on an interim basis in the case of a felony arrest.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, editing by Louise Heavens and Dan Grebler)