A pair of Virginia Tech students were arrested in connection with the abduction and death of a 13-year-old girl over the weekend. David Eisenhauer and Natalie M. Keepers conspired to hide the body of Nicole Madison Lovell of Blacksburg, Va.
The case, which has several moving parts, broke open after Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old track athlete at the university, was arrested Friday (Jan. 29) at his dorm. Authorities say the Columbia, Md. resident was known to Lovell but there hasn’t been a detailed explanation revealed of how well the two knew each other. Keepers, 19, attempted to help Eisenhauer get rid of Lovell’s body.
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Blacksburg police announced the second Tech student’s arrest, one day after Tech freshman David Edmond Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and abduction. Lovell’s remains were discovered Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina.
The second Tech student, Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested Sunday morning and faces a felony charge of improper disposal of a body and a separate misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony, Blacksburg police Lt. Mike Albert said at a news conference.
Both are being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail, Albert said.
Albert said Eisenhauer and Lovell “were acquainted” before her disappearance Wednesday from her home in the Lantern Ridge apartment complex in Blacksburg, where family members found a dresser pushed up against her door.
“Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage, to abduct and then kill her,” Albert said.
Lovell’s mother said that her daughter was a survivor of a liver transplant.
Eisenhauer was an award-winning cross-country runner back in his hometown.
Photo: Blacksburg Police Department