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Ben Fawley; Items Seized in the Taylor Behl Investigation

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.

Police also commented about the stolen license plate, “GRN ERTH”, that occurred at the same time as Taylor Behl but did not go into great detail.

“There were some details revealed about the license plate that we cannot reveal at this point,” Mr. Peterson said. “It doesn’t suggest one way or another” whether Taylor is alive.

The personalized “GRN ERTH” Jamestown 400th Anniversary Virginia plate was stolen in Richmond about the time the 17-year-old disappeared. The person from whom the plate was stolen is not connected with the case, police said.

UPDATE: Richmond Times Dispatch, Items to be studied in Behl case

Police Chief Rodney Monroe did say that three items Behl was known to be carrying before leaving her dormitory room at 10:20 p.m. — her cell phone, VCU student ID and car keys were not among the items recovered by federal agents who searched Fawley’s home.

Monroe said it has yet to be determined whether other female “personal items” seized during the search belong to Behl.

“The license plate means something to us but we are not prepared to say what at this time,” Miss Nelson said.

September 30th, 2005 at 11:21am Posted by | Ben Fawley, Missing, Missing Teen, Taylor Behl | 2 comments

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