Two university students have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 13-year-old girl. The students, David Eisenbauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, of the Virginia Tech University, were arrested for abduction and murder and improper disposal of the body respectively. Reports say that the victim, Nicole Madison Lovell may have met one of the suspects online. Eisenhauer confirmed he knew Lovell but “declined to comment” on the nature of their relationship, according to police. Both suspects are being held without bond at the Montgomery County jail in Virginia. Lovell disappeared from her home in Blacksburg on Wednesday. Her mother Tammy Weeks said a nightstand had been pushed up against the girl’s bedroom door and the window was open, as reported by theWashington Post. Lovell, the youngest of four, took daily medication after a liver transplant, and her mother had pleaded for public help in finding her daughter. Her mother told the newspaper that she was bullied at school and on social media for her appearance.
The girl’s remains were found on Saturday beside Route 89 highway in North Carolina, about 100 miles from Blacksburg. Keepers was active in theatre, according to her Facebook page, while Eisenhauer was named the Howard County Times/Colombia Flier boys’ indoor track athlete of the year in 2015. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands wrote in an open letter on Saturday that the discovery has resulted in “shock and sadness”.
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