FBI: Virginia Tech Student Charged in Abduction and Killing of 13-Year-Old Girl 'Excited' About Plot
A Virginia Tech student charged in connection with the abduction and killing of a 13-year-old girl was "excited" to be part of the plot, authorities said in court Thursday.
Natalie Keepers, 19, was denied bond after a Virginia prosecutor described statements she made to federal and local authorities.
"I was excited to be part of something secretive and special," Keepers told FBI investigators, according to Montgomery County Commonwealth prosecutor Mary Pettitt, ABC News reported.
The engineering student told police she and David Eisenhauer bought a shovel before Nicole Lovell was allegedly abducted, Pettitt told the court. The pair also went to a Walmart to buy cleaning products while the girl's body was in the trunk of Eisenhauer's Lexus, the prosecutor said.
Keepers also told detectives where the child's body had been dumped, Pettitt said.
Additional charges were filed against Keepers earlier this week. She now faces counts of being an accessory to murder before and after the fact, and of improperly disposing of a body.
An initial autopsy of Lovell determined she was stabbed to death, authorities said.
Eisenhauer, also 19, is charged with first degree murder. Neither has entered pleas. Both are in custody.
Keepers has mental health issues and in the past has cut her herself, her family and attorneys said in court. Her lawyers did not speak to reporters outside court Thursday.
Authorities said Eisenhauer had an online relationship via a teen dating site with the girl, and used that to lure her to her death. Details of that relationship have not been released.
Eisenhauer and Keepers were arrested several days after Lovell disappeared on Jan. 27. She had pushed a dresser against her bedroom door and climbed out a window, police said.
Eisenhauer was initially charged with abduction, authorities said. After Lovell's body was found in rural North Carolina, nearly 100 miles from her home, he was charged with murder.
Lovell had survived several life-threatening health issues in her young life, including undergoing a liver transplant and enduring respiratory ailments.
The suspects were high-achieving engineering students at Virginia Tech, officials said. They are from Maryland.