A second Virginia Tech student was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl who disappeared last week.
Police said Natalie Marie Keepers helped dispose of the girl's body, which was found by police Saturday in North Carolina. Virginia Tech confirmed she was a sophomore at the school.
Keepers, 19, of Laurel, Maryland, was being held without bond at the Montgomery County jail in Maryland on one felony count of improper disposal of a body and one misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony.
Her arrest came after police in Blacksburg, Virginia, charged Virginia Tech freshman David Eisenhauer, 18, with abducting and murdering Nicole Madison Lovell. She had been missing from her home for four days.
Nicole's body was found in Surrey County, N.C., near the Virginia border, according to authorities.
Eisenhauer, of Columbia, Maryland,was also being held without bond at the Montgomery jail.
Cops initially charged him with playing a role in Nicole's disappearnce and then charged him with murder after the body was found, according to The Roanoke Times.
Blacksburg police said that from the evidence collected so far investigators determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance.
“Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her,” police said in a statement.
Police divers searched a pond Sunday on the school’s campus in connection with the killing, the Times reoprted. They were expected to be there for several hours.
After Eisenhauer's arrest, Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson said the investigation was far from over.
“The focus of the investigation is now to reconstruct a timeline leading up to (the teen's) tragic death,” he said. “This is the most devastating thing you can do to a family. We’ve got some very wounded folks in our community.”
Officials said they received an outpouring of tips and support from communities in Maryland and Virginia which is how they made the arrest of Eisenhauer fairly quickly.
“The entire Virginia Tech community extends its support to (the girl’s) family and friends,” the Virginia Tech Police Department said in a statement. “The university is also reaching out to our campus community and the greater New River Valley community who may be affected by the events that have occurred over the past several days.”
Authorities from both Maryland and Virginia were involved in the case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and FBI.
Nicole vanished from her home in Blacksburg on Jan. 27 between the hours of midnight Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. The Times reported that the family found a dresser pushed against the girl’s bedroom door. Fred Hawks Jr., Nicole’s uncle, told the paper the family believes she climbed out of a window to get out of the apartment complex where the family lived.
Eisenhauer was studying engineering, according to Virginia Tech. He was a member of the school’s cross country team, but wasn’t listed on the website Saturday.
Tracy Vosburgh, a Virginia Tech spokeswoman, said in a statement the school “has the authority to place a student on immediate interim suspension.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.