The Washington Post is reporting that the search for Taylor Behl has been upgraded to a criminal investigation.
Although there is still no evidence that she has been harmed, the search for a missing Virginia Commonwealth University freshman, Taylor Marie Behl, was upgraded yesterday to a criminal investigation by Richmond police, who have also taken the lead in the case from campus police. Police said the decision to open a criminal investigation was a result of three factors: The search involves a juvenile; more than a week has passed without a solid lead in the 17-year-old’s disappearance; and an increasing number of tips are coming in because of the national media coverage the case has received.
What a difference there seems to be when a missing persons case is properly coordinated from the initial stages to be able to adapt to any scenario.
A task force was also formed yesterday to pull together local, state and federal partners including VCU police, Virginia State Police, the FBI and the Virginia attorney general’s office in the search for the Madison High School graduate. “Whether Ms. Behl is still in Richmond, in state or out of state, we have the resources needed to locate her and bring her back to safety,” said Richmond police spokeswoman Cynthia Price.
Police ask anyone with information about Behl or her car to contact the Richmond police tip line at 804-514-8477 or VCU police at 804-828-1196.
Police activated the Amber Alert system in the search for missing Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Marie Behl.
Police activated the Amber Alert system tonight in the search for missing Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Marie Behl. The alert came hours after police said the search for the 17-year-old freshman has shifted from a missing-persons case to a criminal investigation. A task force led by the Richmond police is investigating Behl’s disappearance. The girl was last seen leaving her dormitory the night of September fifth. Amber Alerts broadcast information about child disappearances through the media and on highway signs in the area where children have disappeared.
Others covering the story; Slobokan’s Site O’ Schtuff