Skip to comments.Va. college student remains missing a week after she disappeared
Posted on 09/13/2005 10:37:55 AM PDT by 11th_VA
RICHMOND, Va. -- One week after she walked out of her dorm room to give her roommate privacy with a boyfriend, a 17-year-old college student remains missing--and increasingly anxious authorities have called in the FBI for help.
Virginia Commonwealth University freshman Taylor Behl hasn't been heard from since she hastily departed her room last Monday night with her car keys and a credit card.
Her roommate reported her missing to campus police around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
There has been no activity on her credit cards or bank accounts since Monday, police said. Calls to her cell phone ring through, indicating the phone is on and the battery charged seven days after she vanished. Her phone charger has not been found and no calls have been placed from her phone since Monday.
Police say Behl spent Labor Day weekend with her family at her northern Virginia home in Vienna. She drove back to campus on Monday, had dinner at a local cafe and returned to her dorm room around 10:20 p.m.
When she arrived, Fuller said, she found her roommate "entertaining" a boyfriend, and told them she was going to "get lost for a little while" to give them some privacy.
She has not been heard from since. ...
With a population of around 200,000, Richmond is traditionally ranked as one of nation's most dangerous cities. Richmond had the country's fourth highest murder rate in 2003 and was ranked the nation's ninth most dangerous city overall in 2004--beating out Miami and Compton, Calif.
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But VCU has pulled it from their web site.
My heart aches for the parents ...
"Calls to her cell phone ring through, indicating the phone is on and the battery charged seven days after she vanished. Her phone charger has not been found and no calls have been placed from her phone since Monday."
Uh, why aren't they in contact with the cell phone company to find out where the phone is at?
This makes my skin crawl. My prayers are with her and her loved ones.
Great question ...
Even if the phone is not equipped with GPS they should be able to triangulate it's position. I know they used portable equipment in Raleigh many years ago to catch a hacker who worked over a cellular phone before the days of GPS enabled handsets.
In denial, huh? I bet she's in Aruba....
That is a great question! And, if the calls 'ring through' I would think that means the phone has been turned off...didn't go to voicemail, right?
Why don't they amber alert the vehicle and tag number?
There's a certain ex-mayor of Richmond running for Governor - I'm sure this doesn't help his image either ...
Prayers for her safe return. Prayers for the roommate, too- she must have tremendous guilt right now.
Has Greta been seen yet?
Why would she report the girl missing so quickly and not assume the gal just stayed in another student's room for the night.
although its scary in some ways I am so glad my kid is in her own apartment so she doesn't have to put up with so-called college "friends".....
Round up all the illegals. VA is crawling with them, and there is recent precedent-an illegal kinapped and killed a girl in a trailer park in James City? King and Queen County? An El Salvadorean, I believe. In for a penny, in for a pound, so I will further comment that sex crimes involving young American girls seem to be the crie of choice among illegals. Donning my asbestos and awaiting the flames..
They don't want to solve the case - they want others to solve it for them.
Some time ago, a woman at a Hollywood apartment complex was assaulted - video'ed by the surveillence cameras. The camera showed the time and date, showed the man place a cellphone call to her, and showed him greet her at the door (gate) then assault her and take her away.
The "detectives" asked the public for any info to help ID the woman - just to make sure she was okay.
I called them from the EAST COAST and talked with the DA (not District Attorney, either) detective on the case and asked why they didn't run a trace on the cell call. His response? There are thousands of calls made in Hollywood each DAY. I said, "Sir, you have the DATE, DAY, and TIME on the CAMERA and if you knew the technology, you could focus on calls made by possibly a male mobile phone subscriber from the SPECIFIC tower that handles that SPECIFIC area for that SPECIFIC MOMENT terminating to another number listed within the area. That alone would eliminate thousands of calls.
The jerk got irritated and said they'll "look in to it".
Many times, the label "Detective" applies to the officer who can find donuts the quickest.
This is very sad. Richamond has been crime laden for many, many years.
In 1985 my parents took me to VCU for a campus visit. We looked at the dorms and "Rape Awareness Seminar" posters were everywhere. We didn't look much further, my dad told me I wasn't going to VCU and that was that.
Her roommate reported her missing to campus police around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Monday night to early Wednesday morning. I was thinking what took her so long?
Yeah right. Do you think we can keep this news from Shep, Greta and Sean??
Excellent school. Medical College of Virginia is the professional school allied with VCU. A great research institution. One of the best experiences I ever had. I still love the place and go back to visit at least once a year with the kids. Eldest son is considering the Engineering school and daughter looking at pre-Vet.
Crime happens everywhere.
Great question ...
Unfortunately the battery has probably already run out.
Richmond ping here.
Even in the "safe" area of southwest VA you still have to be vigilant.
Richmond Virginia is a cesspool of crime in the downtown area. The Mayor and city council are totally incompetent, and I cannot say much about the local police. VCU is right in the heart of the downtown area and has a constant crime problem there-not from the students-but rather from the local thugs. Until they get really serious about this major problem, they will continue to prey on these kids and steal, rob, and kill and rape them. It is a real damn shame and it is all on the Mayor and Council. College kids are college kids, and most never think they can be a victim of a heinous crime-nor should they have to-but it is happening at VCU more and more and it really sucks big time!!
-- Unfortunately the battery has probably already run out.--
From the story: "Calls to her cell phone ring through, indicating the phone is on and the battery charged seven days after she vanished."
When someone is reported missing and the police begin their investigation, locating their cell phone (if they have one) should be one of the first priorities.
It either indicates where they are, or where the cell phone is, which you can use to determine either where they went or where the person that took the cell phone went.
Sounds like dad new how to read the writing on the wall.
Paging Greta! Another pretty white girl goes missing?
Oops, sorry, I thought she reported her missing that same night. My error.
Greta's busy. Leave a message!
Maybe she's gone?
And you are a man or a woman? I think women have different comfort levels with crime especially rape. I think fathers have no comfort level when it come to their daughters in big cities.
Also, my brother attended VCU about 8 years before, starting in 1978. My parents were comfortable with him attending but not me. Richmond didn't and still doesn't have the best reputation - regardless of how good the schools are.
And yes, crime happens everywhere.
I am a man, a father and my daughter is all psyched about pre-Vet at VCU.
She should be.
Behl left her room in the Gladding Residence Center, across West Main Street from Monroe Park, about 10 p.m. Monday, telling roommates she was going skateboarding with three young men.
No telling what that means, exactly -- were they headed to a skate park, or to some parking lot? At any rate, skateboarding late at night translates into exposure to a rougher crowd.
Disappeared in the company of 3 guys. Shades of Aruba!
Lise Martens heard the screams around the same time Jennifer Teague would have been making her way home on the darkened streets of Barr-haven, just after saying goodbye to friends at the corner store down the road, just after the lousy late-night shift at Wendy's.
"It woke me up. It sounded like somebody got scared. It was a very high-pitched scream.
"That's what it sounded like for a few seconds.
"It was mostly a loud scream, muffled. It was definitely a woman," said Mrs. Martens, whose house backs onto Jockvale Road, right by Jennifer's usual route home.
Mrs. Martens, the wife of a retired Mountie, figured it was just a couple having a fight, and when she went downstairs and looked outside, she saw nothing, so never called police.
The police have since taken her statement and, so far, it is possibly the only publicly known trace of Jennifer Teague.
Jennifer's best friend thinks she was taken against her will. The police have expanded their plea for the public's help beyond town, and her father is still waiting for a miracle.
Ed Teague woke up yesterday, shaved, then got down on his knees and prayed for his daughter, now missing for five days without a confirmed trace.
Jennifer Teague, 18, had little money in her pocket, hasn't used her bank card, and her mobile phone has been dead since Thursday, the day she went missing just minutes from her Barrhaven home. Missing for no other reason than walking home on the other side of midnight in a once-safe suburb after pulling down the late-night shift at Wendy's.
We've lost four girls without a trace since the middle of August, between Ottawa, and Toronto.
VCU is a fine school BUT it's surrounded by a bad area. I dearly love Richmond but there are some parts of it that you really shouldn't walk around in especially if you are female.
I am only speaking on my own experience. My father was the kind of dad that would not let me go on school field trips unless my mother chaperoned.
She looks like Mary Lou Retton.
She is probably toast. Having 2 daughters it just tears me up how vulnerable girls are.
That is so creepy. There's no trace of any of these girls?
The phone is in two-way contact with the nearest tower(s). That's how calls find you no matter where you are.
By finding which towers it's "talking" to, and by reading relative signal strength, authorities can get a fix to within a few blocks of the phone's location. It must be on, though, and have enough juice to maintain the automatic "conversation".
Nothing yet. Scary, eh?
Her picture is on an older man's website. I heard her mom last night on Greta's show and I think that they might suspect that he knows something, but they're not sure. The poice--and the mom--have spoken with him. He's in his late 30s and apparently likes the co-eds there. It was hard getting a coherent story out of the mom. Very sad.