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Va. Tech student David Eisenhauer faces first-degree murder charge

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- A Virginia Tech student has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old girl whose remains were found in North Carolina.

Police in Blacksburg, Virginia said late Saturday that Nicole Madison Lovell's body was found in Surry County, North Carolina. David Eisenhauer, an 18-year-old Virginia Tech student from Columbia, Maryland, has been charged with murder in the death.

On Sunday, Virginia Tech issued a statement saying a second student, sophomore Natalie Marie Keepers, had been arrested in connection with Lovell's death.

The girl had been missing since last week. Her family says she pushed a dresser in front of her bedroom door and climbed out a window Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Police are working with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, the FBI office in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office to gather more information, according to Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson. He said Lovell's body was to be taken to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke.

"This has been an extremely fast-paced investigation in just the past 12 hours," Wilson said at a news conference late Saturday.

Eisenhauer was a standout high school athlete and former state champion who was majoring in engineering at Virginia Tech. He had been listed on the university's website as a member of the cross country team, though his name and picture had been removed by Saturday night. It is unclear whether Eisenhauer ever competed for the university.

Police initially charged Eisenhauer with abduction. He was charged with murder once the girl's remains were found. He was being held without bond at Montgomery County Jail.

Virginia Tech president Tim Sands said the case left the school community "in a state of shock and sadness."

"Speaking on behalf of our community, let me say that our hearts go out to Nicole's family and friends," Sands said in a statement posted to the school's website.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.