A Virginia Tech student athlete has been charged with the alleged murder and abduction of a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home last week, according to authorities.
Nicole Madison Lovell was last seen Wednesday after she ran away from home in Blacksburg, Virginia, according to CBS News
Police arrested 18-year-old David Eisenhauer after the investigation into Nicole’s disappearance led them to his dorm room, Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said in a news conference.
The Virginia Tech freshman is on the cross-country team and was a star athlete back home in Columbia, Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Eisenhauer has been charged with first-degree murder and child abduction. He is being held without bail, Wilson said.
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Nicole’s body was found about 80 miles from her home on Saturday night along Route 89, just across the North Carolina state line in Surrey County.
“This is a sad day for the Blacksburg community. As a parent, I know that this is an unbearable loss for the Lovell family,” Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam said in a press release.
Police have not said how they zeroed in on Eisenhauer or whether he knew the girl before her abduction. However, Wilson credited tips from the community for helping them find Nicole’s body.
“We owe that to the outpouring of tips from the Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Montromery County communities,” he said. “Without the help of our citizens, tips and information, we would not have been able to bring Nicole home to her family and let just be served for her abduction and death.”