- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2005

From combined dispatches

Richmond police yesterday said charges will not be filed this week in the case of a 17-year-old whose remains were found in a wooded area Wednesday.

Police spokeswoman Kirsten Nelson said officials have to determine how Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Marie Behl died before charges can be filed. Determining the cause of death could take several days, Miss Nelson said.

A police task force found Miss Behl’s remains in a shallow grave behind an abandoned farmhouse in Mathews County, Va., on Wednesday. Dental records were used to identify her the next day.

Miss Behl, who was from Vienna, Va., vanished from the VCU campus on Labor Day, and her disappearance attracted national attention.

Richmond residents last night were expected to hold a citywide vigil and wreath-laying ceremony for Miss Behl in Monroe Park, not far from the dorm where she last was seen.

The Rev. Joe Ellison, who helped VCU students from his parish plan a vigil several weeks ago, said last night’s gathering was to be a way for the entire city to heal.

Investigators uncovered Miss Behl’s remains in a rural area about 75 miles east of Richmond.

Police said they were led to the location after examining a photograph found on the Web site of a 38-year-old amateur photographer who was one of the last people to see Miss Behl before she vanished.

The photographer, Ben Fawley, is being held without bond on unrelated child pornography charges.

George Peterson, an attorney for Miss Behl’s family, said Thursday that the family thinks the person responsible is already in custody.

Mr. Peterson said investigators were led to the crime scene by a photograph that Mr. Fawley had taken of an abandoned farmhouse and a tip from Mr. Fawley’s former girlfriend. He said the parents of the former girlfriend own property near the site.

Mr. Peterson also said he thinks that more than one person might have been involved in Miss Behl’s disappearance.

Police dogs tracked the scent from Miss Behl’s car to the home of Jesse Schultz, 22, a skateboarder and an employee at the Village Cafe, where Miss Behl had dinner the night she disappeared, Mr. Peterson said. Mr. Fawley also worked at the cafe, he said.

Mr. Schultz was charged with cocaine possession after police searched his apartment, Mr. Peterson said.

Mr. Schultz later took a polygraph test and failed two sections — one in which he said he didn’t know Miss Behl and another in which he said he had never been in her car, Mr. Peterson said.

Police said Mr. Schultz is not considered a suspect at this time.

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