- The Washington Times - Monday, September 19, 2005

Richmond Police investigating the disappearance of a 17-year-old college freshman spent yesterday investigating leads they got from an examination of the girl’s car.

Taylor Marie Behl, a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University, was last seen by her roommate in her dorm room at about 10 p.m. Sept. 5. Taylor is from Vienna, Va.

An off-duty police officer found Taylor’s 1997 Ford Escort on Saturday in Richmond, about a mile and a half from her dorm.

Police said that there were Ohio license plates on the car and that the original Virginia tags were missing. The missing tags were Virginia JPC2848.

The car was turned over to the FBI for forensics processing.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported yesterday that Taylor’s scent was one of two that a police dog detected in the car and that the discovery is leading police to think that she might have been abducted.

Police have questioned the girl’s family and friends, including a 38-year-old amateur photographer who took pictures of her during a campus visit in April. He posted the pictures on a Web site that displays artwork.

The photographs have been removed since Taylor disappeared.

Police executed search warrants on the home of Taylor’s mother in Vienna, Va., and the photographer’s home in Richmond.

Taylor was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. She was thought to be carrying her student identification card, a cell phone and a small amount of cash.

Richmond Police Chief Rodney D. Monroe on Thursday upgraded the case from a missing person to a criminal investigation and convened a task force that includes VCU campus police, Virginia State Police and the FBI.

Richmond police have set up a tip line at 804/514-8477.


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