Two Virginia Tech Students Charged In Death Of 13-Year-Old Girl


Two Virginia Tech students are facing charges in the death of a 13-year-old girl whose body was recently discovered by authorities in North Carolina.

Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, Virginia, disappeared from her home on Jan. 27. She was found dead in Surry County, North Carolina, a few days later on Jan. 30, ABC News reports.

David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, have been arrested and charged in connection with her death. Both teens are currently students at Virginia Tech, which is located in Blacksburg.

Police investigators were first led to Eisenhauer, who is reportedly an acquaintance of Nicole, on Jan. 29. He was charged with felony abduction in her disappearance on Jan. 30. After Nicole's body was found later that same day, Eisenhauer was also charged with first-degree murder in her death.

On Jan. 31, police arrested a second Virginia Tech student, Natalie Keepers, who they alleged helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole's body after the murder. Keepers was charged with one misdemeanor count of being an accessory to a felony after the fact and one felony count of improper disposal of a dead body.

Both teens are being held at the Montgomery County Jail without bail.

The investigation into Nicole's death is ongoing. An autopsy will be performed on the girl's remains at the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia State Police also said that divers are searching a pond on the Virginia Tech campus for more evidence in the case, according to ABC News.

Nicole disappeared from her home in the Lantern Ridge neighborhood of Blacksburg after reportedly climbing out of her bedroom window sometime between midnight and 7 a.m., WTVR reported on Jan. 30.

The girl reportedly left her home without the daily prescribed medication that she was taking for a recent liver transplant.

Her remains were found along a highway near the border between Virginia and North Carolina around 4 p.m. on Jan. 30.

Sources: ABC News, WTVR / Photo Credit: Blacksburg Police Department/ABC News

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