(Image via Blacksburg Police Department via AP)
The mother of a Blacksburg, Va., seventh-grader whose body was found Saturday some 100 miles from home says her daughter knew the Virginia Tech student charged in her killing. Tammy Weeks says police told her 13-year-old Nicole Lovell met David Eisenhauer, 18, several weeks ago online. “That’s all I know,” Weeks tells the Roanoke Times. “It was some off-the-wall site I never heard of."
Police provided less, but backed up the gist of that at a Sunday night news conference. Blacksburg police Lt. Mike Albert said the two "were acquainted” and alleged that “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage, to abduct and then kill her.”
On Sunday, police were searching a pond on Virginia Tech’s campus, and divers are expected to return to the pond today. The Washington Post reports the freshman engineering student is being held without bond in the Montgomery County jail, as is Natalie Keepers, who was arrested Sunday morning in connection with Nicole’s death. “Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole’s body,” said Albert at the conference.
Nicole was found to be missing from her bedroom early Wednesday, and the search for the teen had added urgency because she left without the medication she needed to take in relation to her liver transplant. Weeks says her daughter survived that transplant, an MRSA staph infection, and lymphoma at age five. “God got her through all that, and she fought through all that, and he took her life. That evil bastard took her life.”
By Kate Seamons