BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP/WNCN) – A prosecutor says a preliminary investigation shows that a 13-year-old Virginia girl died of a stabbing on the same day she disappeared from her home.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said Tuesday during a news conference that the investigation shows that Nicole Lovell died on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in her death. The prosecutor says one of them, Natalie Keepers, will have her charge changed from accessory after the fact to accessory before the fact.
The prosecutor did not explain why the change was being made or give a motive for the slaying. She did not take questions.
Before the prosecutor spoke, Lovell’s mother talked about her daughter, saying she had survived various health ailments during her young life.
She says her daughter had a passion for pandas, music and dreamed of being on the television show “American Idol.” She became choked up and had to step away from the podium before she could finish reading a statement.
David E. Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of felony abduction and is now charged with first-degree murder, police said.
Lovell was found around 4 p.m. Saturday along N.C. Highway 89 in Surry County, which is northwest of Winston-Salem, authorities said.
While she was missing, Lovell was without medication she needed because of a liver transplant, officials said.
Eisenhauer, who runs on the Virginia Tech cross country team, is being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.
Lovell’s family said she pushed a dresser in front of her bedroom door and climbed out a window on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
Police would not say how Eisenhauer and Lovell knew each other.
Eisenhauer has been placed on suspension from the university and cross country team, WSET-TV reported.