College Track Star Charged in Slaying of 13-Year-Old Transplant Patient

College Track Star Charged in Slaying of 13-Year-Old Transplant Patient (Montgomery Co. Jail / Blacksburg Police)

A 4-day search for a missing 13-year-old Virginia girl has come to an end after her remains were found dumped along a highway Saturday.

Just as soon as 13-year-old Nicole Lovell's body was found in rural North Carolina, police charged a college athlete with her abduction and murder.

Blacksburg, Virginia police arrested 18-year-old Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer on Saturday on a charge of felony abduction.

After Lovell's body was discovered that afternoon, the former high school track star from Maryland was charged with her murder.

According to a statement from Blacksburg police, Eisenhauer was taken into custody without incident at his Virginia Tech dorm.

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"This has been an extremely fast investigation within the just past 12 hours," Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Lovell went missing Jan. 27 from her Blacksburg home without taking the medication she needed daily for a liver transplant.

Lovell's family said she pushed a dresser in front of her bedroom door before climbing out a window.

Eisenhauer has reportedly not confessed to the girl's murder and police said he did not lead them to Lovell's remains. 

Police said they were still trying to determine how Lovell and Eisenhauer met.

Chief Wilson did not say how the remains were located just across the North Carolina border in Surrey County.

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 "And we still have a great deal to do as there are multiple interviews to conduct and evidence to collect and analyze as we reconstruct the timeline of events leading up to Nicole's tragic death," Wilson said.

Eisenhauer was a three-time state champion in track while a high school student in Columbia, Maryland, according to an online biography cited by the Roanoke Times.

He also ran track at Virginia Tech, where he was an engineering student.

Virginia Tech president Tim Sands said addressed the case in a statement posted to the school's website.

"Speaking on behalf of our community, let me say that our hearts go out to Nicole's family and friends," he said. "Lean on that support and the resources available to you. It is normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed at a time such as this. You are not alone."

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