Thirteen-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell hadn’t been seen since disappearing from her Blacksburg, Virginia, home on the evening of January 27. “With a heavy heart,” Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson announced at a press conference shared by CNN on January 30 that Nicole’s remains were discovered in North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
A freshman majoring in engineering at Virginia Tech, 18-year-old David E. Eisenhauer of Columbia, Maryland, has been charged with Nicole’s first degree murder. Acting on tips received from the public and through social media, police had already arrested Eisenhauer at his Virginia Tech campus residence and charged him with Nicole’s felony abduction. After Nicole’s lifeless body was found about 100 miles away from her home, police added the charge of first degree murder.
Eisenhauer was also a member of Virginia Tech’s cross country team and has since been suspended from the university. Richmond.com quoted Virginia Tech spokesperson Tracy Vosburgh as saying “In the case of a felony arrest, the university has the authority to place a student on immediate interim suspension.”
CNN quoted Wilson as saying that “The speed at which this investigation has moved today has been nothing less than incredible. We owe that to the outpouring of support and tips from the Blacksburg, Christansburg and Montgomery County communities.”
Wilson added that after his office was able to determine the approximate location of Nicole’s remains he secured the aid of Virginia State Police to search the area. Nicole’s body was found “just inside the North Carolina border on Route 89 in Surry County,” according to a quote from CNN.
Police have not released a motive for Nicole’s abduction or murder. They also have not revealed her cause of death. Eisenhauer is currently being held in a Montgomery County, Virginia, jail with no bond. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.