RICHMOND, Va. – Police found the car of missing 17-year-old Taylor Behl on Saturday parked not far from her dorm room at Virginia Commonwealth University (search) in Richmond, where the freshman was last seen nearly two weeks ago.
An off-duty Richmond (search) police officer discovered the abandoned vehicle about 1.5 miles from the school. The car's Virginia plates had been replaced with Ohio tags that had been reported stolen. Police put it under surveillance but finally impounded the car Saturday night after no one approached the vehicle for more than 12 hours.
A dog team was brought in to try to pick up a scent and the FBI has begun a forensics investigation. Police have said there is no evidence of foul play surrounding Behl's disappearance, but last week they shifted their search from a missing-persons case to a criminal investigation, citing the fact that Behl is a juvenile and has been missing for an extended period of time without being in contact with anyone.
Friends, classmates and family have put up posters featuring the smiling Behl around campus and have created the Web site friendsoftaylor.com. She is described as being 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds with light-brown hair, brown eyes and piercings in her ears and nose.
Anyone with information about Behl is asked to call 877-244-HELP.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.