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.
MATHEWS, Va. (AP) – A task force investigating the disappearance of a college freshman unearthed a body from a wooded area Wednesday, but refused to say whether they believe they had found Taylor Marie Behl.
“During the past week, we have gone into a mode of searching locations that we knew Taylor to have visited based on statements, based on photographs, based on a host of other things,” said Richmond Police Chief Rodney Monroe. “That is what led us to this particular location.”
According to The Washington Post, police task force investigating the disappearance of Taylor Marie Behl found a decomposed body in a shallow grave yesterday.
A police task force investigating the disappearance of college student Taylor Marie Behl found a decomposed body in a shallow grave yesterday east of Richmond and were trying to identify the remains last night, police said.
The investigators were led to the grave, in coastal Mathews County about 80 miles east of Richmond, through “credible” information collected in interviews with Behl’s friends and acquaintances, a source close to the investigation said. Clothing was also found in the rural area, a place Behl was known to have visited, the source said.
This week, we’ve been going to various locations that we’ve known her to frequent,” said Richmond Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe. “Those locations were based on where people told us she had gone and photographs we’ve seen her in. Outstanding investigative work led us there.”
Monroe declined to elaborate but said a medical examiner and federal forensics investigators were at the scene in a field off a farm road in the largely rural area.
Credible information and photographs were used to locate areas that Taylor Behl frequented.
The grave was located behind a barn on an isolated piece of private property, police said. Photographs of the area that were captured by hovering news helicopters showed several acres of greenery, with several white buildings bordered by clusters of large trees.
The discovery came the same day that a multi-jurisdictional grand jury convened in Richmond Circuit Court to hear evidence in Behl’s case. The special jury is composed of about a dozen residents drawn from regular jury pools in Richmond and its surrounding areas, according to the Web site for Henrico County, adjacent to Richmond.
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In a video just uploaded on the WJLA ABC7 News, it is now reported that a source close to the family has said that they are 99.9% certain that the body is that of Taylor Behl. WJLA reports that Janet Pelasara has been spotted on the scene.
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“The FBI has begun processing the scene,” Chief Monroe told a press conference yesterday. “At this time, we do not, I repeat, we do not know who the remains belong to. We contacted [Miss Behl's] family as precaution.”
Family members said they were confident that the remains belonged to Miss Behl, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) reported. She has been missing from the VCU campus in Richmond since Labor Day.