Investigators in the Taylor Behl disappearance today found a body in a heavily wooded area discovered the body buried on private property in Mathews County, about 75 miles east of Richmond. Although investigators refused to say whether they believe they had found Taylor Marie Behl, many have speculated from the information provided that it is.
Breaking News: (Richmond Times Dispatch) Body found 70 miles east of Richmond Updated: 6:34 p.m.
The Richmond police task force investigating the disappearance of Virginia Commonwealth University student Taylor Marie Behl has discovered the remains of a body in rural Mathews County. Sources close to the investigation said the body has not been identified. It was discovered in a shallow grave behind a barn on an isolated piece of private property just west of Diggs, a community along the Chesapeake Bay just south of Rigby Island. The area is about 70 miles east of Richmond.
Sources said the ex-girlfriend recognized the location in a photograph shown to her by two detectives from Virginia Commonwealth University. This morning, the detectives drove to the location, and during a search of the property discovered a shallow grave in the woods.
“At this time, we do not, I repeat, we do not know who the remains belong to,“ Monroe said at a news conference outside the Mathews County sheriff’s office.
UPDATE: NBC4; Officials Investigating Missing Va. Teen Find Remains
Monroe said investigators from VCU discovered the location of the body, FBI investigators were collecting evidence from a large crime scene and state police would investigate the discovery of the remains. The remains were discovered in a shallow grave in a heavily wooded area on private property in the county, about 75 miles east of Richmond. According to police, their investigation included several searches, and in one of those searches, some pictures were seized, including a picture of the general area where the human remains were found. Police said one of the witnesses they spoke to recognized the area in the photograph.
Monroe said investigators from VCU discovered the location of the body, FBI investigators were collecting evidence from a large crime scene and state police would investigate the discovery of the remains.
Recording of interview from Sheriff Press Conference
The Washington Times is reporting the items the police seized from the residence of Ben Fawley, the 38 year old photographer, the so-called former “person of interest” in the disappearance of Taylor Behl.
Items seized in a search of the apartment belonging to a man under investigation in the disappearance of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Marie Behl include fabric from a mattress that might be stained with blood, a cell phone that might belong to Taylor, women’s clothes and a .32-caliber gun cartridge, court documents released yesterday show.
Police refused to comment on the seized items, citing the ongoing investigation.
Richmond Police spokeswoman Kirsten Nelson went on to elaborate on the about the designation of Ben Fawley as a former “person of interest.”
“We are not calling him a person of interest because he is not a suspect, but we are still looking at him very seriously.”
Other items that were seized by police in the Sept. 23 search of Ben Fawley’s residence include:
videotapes, bags of clothes, a hatchet, a hammer and three pairs of underwear from an outdoor garbage can; a beaded necklace with a cross and a watch from an outdoor supercan; a black brassiere, white panties, tissues and tampon wrappers, several VCU student IDs — which might include one belonging to Taylor, copies of student IDs, a box of bones and five skateboards from inside Mr. Fawley’s apartment.
Also seized were several fitted bedsheets, a futon cover, a bra and hat and a vacuum cleaner bag.
Richmond Police stated that they are searching for anyone who might have information on a stolen license plate, “GRN ERTH,” that may be connected to the case of a missing college student Taylor Behl.
The personalized “GRN ERTH” plate was stolen in Richmond around the time 17-year-old Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Behl disappeared, and “preliminary information” indicates the two events may be connected, police said.
The person it was stolen from is not connected to the case, Richmond police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said. Citing the ongoing investigation, she declined to release further details.
The teen’s car was found two weeks later, less than two miles from her dorm. Her license plates had been replaced with Ohio plates reported stolen several weeks before she disappeared.
In a situation that sounds all too familiar, the AP is reporting that Richmond Police no longer consider a 38-year-old Richmond man a person of interest in the disappearance of Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Behl.
Richmond police spokeswoman Cynthia Price says police initially called Ben Fawley a person of interest in Behl’s case because they wanted to interview him. But they’ve done that, and NO longer classify him as such.
Last week, police said they had several persons of interest in the case. Price says that now they have none.
Fawley was arraigned Monday on 16 counts of possession of child pornography and ordered held without bond. Police raided Fawley’s apartment last week and took several computers and C-s, according to a search warrant.
As also reported by NBC4 it could be a matter of semantics rather than anything else. No really really believes that Ben Fawley really isn’t a suspect in the disappearance of Taylor Behl do they?
According to NBC4, Richmond police arrested 38-year-old Ben Fawley Friday, the “friend” of 17-year-old missing Taylor Behl.
A friend of a missing teenager from Vienna has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Richmond police arrested 38-year-old Ben Fawley Friday. The photographer has been linked to 17-year-old Taylor Behl, the Virginia Commonwealth University freshman who has been missing since Sept. 5.
Fawley lives in an apartment near VCU. Police searched the apartment and seized a number of computers, hard drives and CDs. Police said they were looking for images and files linked to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
People with information about Behl’s whereabouts are asked to call 8-7-7-2-4-4-H-E-L-P.
According to The Richmond Times, the university that Taylor Behl is attending, Virginia Commonwealth University, has offered a $20,000 reward in the Taylor Behl investigation.
Officials at Virginia Commonwealth University are pledging a $20,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the location and return of missing VCU freshman Taylor Marie Behl.
“Please keep Taylor, her family and friends in your thoughts as we hope for her safe return,” VCU President Eugene P. Trani wrote yesterday in a letter to the university and VCU Health System “communities.”
As the investigation inti the the missing VCU freshman Taylor Behl continues, her mother, Janet Pelasara, said Wednesday that the time had come to remove Taylor’s belongings from the Virginia Commonwealth University dorm. Janet Pelasara went on to say, “it was time because when Taylor is found, she will not be attending VCU. I’m taking her home with me.”
RICHMOND, Sept. 21 — Police are still searching for missing college student Taylor Marie Behl, but her mother said Wednesday that the time had come to remove her belongings from the Virginia Commonwealth University dorm where she lived for just two weeks.
Just when one thought some things in the investigation of the disappearance of Taylor Behl could not get any more strange comes this piece of information. It appears that Ben Fawley, the 38 year old amateur photographer and “person of interest” in the investigation filed a police report claiming he had been abducted and robbed just hours after Behl was last seen on the night of September 5.
A 38-year-old amateur photographer — one of the last people to see missing Virginia Commonwealth University student Taylor Behl — filed a report with police claiming he had been abducted and robbed just hours after Behl was last seen on the night of Sept. 5.
The investigation in to the disappearance of VCU freshman Taylor Behl took a strange twist yesterday. The 38 year old amateur photographer, Ben Fawley, who has been rumored to have had a relationship with Taylor Behl was linked to a child pornography investigation according to court documents as reported by NBC4.
The investigation into a missing Virginia Commonwealth University freshman from Vienna took a new turn Wednesday.
Police filed unrelated charges against a person questioned in the student’s disappearance.
Police searched the apartment of 38-year-old photographer Ben Fawley as part of a child pornography investigation, according to court documents. According to the search warrant, investigators went to Fawley’s apartment looking for images and documents related to child pornography and the distribution of child pornography. Investigators said they took away at least five computers and an assortment of computer equipment.