The FBI has entered the case of a missing VCU student. Taylor Marie Behl, 17, was last seen a week ago. Her family and friends are getting more desperate by the day. Police are also looking for her car, it is a white 1997 Ford Escort, Virginia tags: JPC-2848.
The VCU police chief held a news conference to reassure the student body and the community at large, that everything possible is being done to solve this missing person’s case. On the Monroe Park Campus of VCU, friends and family members hand out fliers with Taylor Behl’s photo, hoping one of the students passing by will recognize her face. Behl spent the weekend with her mother in northern Virginia and then headed back to campus last Monday. Around 10 PM that night, she left her room at the Gladding Residence Center, apparently grabbing her keys, ID, a credit card, cell phone and a borrowed skateboard. She told her roommate she was heading out for a couple of hours. But, she never returned.
According to CBS6; Search Continues For VCU Freshman
Still no leads in the search for VCU freshman Taylor Behl. The 17-year-old left her dorm room last Monday night and told her roommate she would be back in a few hours. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since then.
From VCU Alert:
VCU Police are working with the Richmond Police Department, surrounding jurisdictions, State Police and the FBI. VCU Police have followed up on about 30 leads and interviewed dozens of people and continue to encourage anyone with information that might lead to Ms. Behl’s whereabouts to contact them at 828-1196. VCU administration and VCU Police continue to work with the family to provide assistance for their comfort at this time. Fliers with Ms. Behl’s picture and personal information have been posted throughout the greater Richmond area and near her home in Vienna.
Update: Washington Post; College Student’s Disappearance Mystifies Family and Police in VA.
Nearby jurisdictions have joined the hunt, and the FBI has assigned an agent to advise campus and Richmond police. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, based in Alexandria, has posted a notice on its site. Every year, students “appear to disappear” from the 30,000-student university and do not call their families for days, said Pam Lepley, a campus police spokeswoman. The students usually resurface after a couple of days, she said. But in this case, Behl, a June graduate of Madison High School in Vienna, has contacted no one. “We’re very concerned because of the amount of time that has passed,” Lepley said.
Lepley said Behl continues to receive e-mails but has not logged on to read them. Her credit card has not been used, and the last call on her cell phone was made the night she disappeared. Dozens of people have been interviewed, and more than 20 leads have been fruitlessly followed. A national alert has been issued, and a description of her vehicle has been sent to authorities across the country.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, TAYLOR BEHL Missing since Sept. 5, 2005; RICHMOND VA
Also covering the disappearance; Planethuff.