- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a University of Mary Washington student found slain in a Fredericksburg house had been strangled.

Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia L. Bledsoe says the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s preliminary finding is that Grace Rebecca Mann died from asphyxiation by strangulation.

Police have charged 30-year-old Steven Vander Briel with first-degree murder and abduction in Mann’s death.

Mann shared a house with Briel and two other roommates. The other roommates found the 20-year-old from northern Virginia slain on April 17. Briel was apprehended two hours later.

Bledsoe says Briel was arraigned on Tuesday. He is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Mann’s funeral was scheduled Tuesday in Falls Church.



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