One week after Taylor Behl walked out of her dorm room to give her roommate privacy with a boyfriend, the 17 year old college student remains missing.
Increasingly anxious local authorities have called in the FBI for help. Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Behl hasn’t been heard from since she hastily departed her room last Monday night with her car keys and a credit card.
Also missing is her car, a white 1997 Ford Escort with Virginia license plates JPC-2848. Behl’s roommate reported her missing to campus police at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said there has been no activity on her credit cards or bank accounts since she disappeared. Calls to her cell phone ring through, indicating the phone is on and the battery charged seven days after she vanished.
Behl is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black, hooded sweatshirt. University police chief Willie Fuller would not speculate on what he believes happened to Behl or say whether he suspects foul play.
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“We consider this case very, very serious,” Fuller said. “She’s one of our students – we want her back in school.”
Police say Behl spent Labor Day weekend with her family at her northern Virginia home in Vienna. She drove back to campus on Monday, had dinner at a local cafe and returned to her dorm room around 10:20 p.m. When she arrived, Fuller said, she found her roommate “entertaining” a boyfriend, and told them she was going to “get lost for a little while” to give them some privacy. She has not been heard from since.
Authorities have received numerous tips, but none have panned out, Fuller said. Rumors that Behl planned to meet up with three young men to go skateboarding after she left the room have not been substantiated, he said.
Posters featuring the grinning brunette are plastered throughout the urban campus, where students are as perplexed by Behl’s disappearance as police.
Rumors are rampant, but facts are hard to come by, said sophomore Casey Schanamann, who has been discussing the case in her women’s studies classes. No one seems to have any idea where the teen could be, she said.
“It’s really horribly sad,” said Schanamann, adding that Behl’s disappearance has made her “no more nervous than I normally would be, being a woman living in Richmond.”
Behl has an account on “Myspace.com,” a popular social networking Web site. The account was last accessed the day before she disappeared. In her profile, she writes: “I just graduated from high school and now I’m off to Richmond for college. I’m looking forward to meeting people that are in Richmond because I only know a few people down there.”
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