2 Va. Tech students arraigned in murder, abduction of 13-year-old girl

Natalie Keepers, 19, and David Eisenhauer, 18. (Blacksburg Police Department via AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSET) - Virginia Tech students David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, charged in the murder and abduction of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, were arraigned Monday morning.

Nicole went missing Wednesday morning. Her body was found in Surry County, North Carolina on Saturday.

Eisenhauer, 18, faces first-degree murder and abduction by force charges in Montgomery County, Virginia in connection with Nicole's death.

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Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech engineering student, is being held without bail.

According to an arrest warrant, he has been in Blacksburg for six months, is unemployed, and is financially supported by his family.

Keepers, 19, also a Virginia Tech student, faces charges for improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in a felony. She is also being held without bail and has hired a private attorney.

The arraignment was in domestic relations court, even though Keepers and Eisenhauer, both of Maryland, will be tried as adults.

Blacksburg Police say Nicole's autopsy is being performed Monday, although the results may be unknown for several weeks.

According to the arrest warrant for Eisenhauer, a firearm was not used to kill Nicole.

Keepers and Eisenhauer are next scheduled to be in court March 28.

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