- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The funeral for Taylor Marie Behl, the Virginia Commonwealth University freshman whose remains were found last week in Mathews County, Va., will be tomorrow, one day after what would have been her 18th birthday.

A visitation is planned for today at Money and King Funeral Home in Miss Behl’s hometown of Vienna, Va. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna.

Miss Behl disappeared Sept. 5 after leaving her dorm room in Richmond. Her remains were found Oct. 5, buried behind an abandoned farmhouse off a dirt road in southeast Virginia.

Benjamin Fawley, 38, an amateur photographer who is known to have had a sexual relationship with Miss Behl, is the only suspect in the case, police said yesterday.

“We have a very narrow focus for our investigation at this time,” said Cynthia Price, a spokeswoman for the Richmond Police Department. “Ben Fawley is the only suspect we are considering.”

Fawley is being held without bond in Richmond on unrelated charges, including child pornography and owning a firearm as a felon. The investigation has established that Fawley was in possession of firearms prior to Miss Behl being reported missing, police said.

Police said yesterday the cause of Miss Behl’s death is still not known. The medical examiner’s office needs to conduct additional tests because the initial autopsy performed last week was inconclusive, police said.

“The body was very scattered at the scene, and determining the cause of death is going to take time,” Kirsten Nelson, a spokeswoman for the Richmond Police Department said earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the commenting function on Miss Behl’s personal Weblog was turned off sometime early yesterday morning after the blog turned into a dumping ground where spammers posted everything from pornography to photographs of Adolph Hitler. About 4,000 comments were posted over a 48-hour period after NBC’s “Dateline” aired a story about Miss Behl’s death and made public the location of her blog.

The comments were posted under Miss Behl’s last entry, written April 21.

George Peterson, an attorney for Miss Behl’s mother, Janet Pelasara, refused to comment about the blog.

“I’ve read the blog and have no comment,” he said.

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