Missing Virginia girl found dead in Lowgap

By Andy Winemiller - awinemiller@civitasmedia.com

LOWGAP — The remains of a missing 13-year-old Virginia girl have been found along N.C. 89 in Lowgap.

Police and other authorities lined the highway near the Virginia state line, and access to the road was cut-off Saturday night.

Surry County officials indicated they could not discuss the circumstances surrounding the presence of first-responders, directing all calls to an official at the Blacksburg, Virginia, Police Department.

According to a statement releasd by the Blacksburg Polce Department, Virginia State Police found the remains of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell just inside Surry County on N.C. 89.

Lovell went missing on Jan. 27, according to the reports of various media outlets in Virginia. The girl’s mother feared she had snuck out of a window at the family’s Blacksburg home. Additionally, Lovell was the recipient of a liver transplant and reliant upon medications she did not have in he possession at the time of her disappearance.

Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, was arrested late Friday night and charged with felony abduction, according to the police statement. On Saturday autorities also charged Eisenhauer with first degree murder.

The girl’s remains will be sent to Virginia for an autopsy, according to the Blacksburg Police Department.

Eisenhauer is being held without opportunity for bail.

Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said, though the girl’s body has been found, the work of authorities is far from over.

“We still have a great deal to do as there are multiple interviews to be conducted and evidence to be collected and analyzed as we reconstruct the timeline of events leading up to Nicole’s tragic death,” said the police chief.

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By Andy Winemiller


Andy is a saff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.

Andy is a saff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.