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(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers, 19, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection with the abduction and killing of a 13-year-old girl, police said.

Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, Virginia — the city where Virginia Tech is located — went missing Jan. 27, the Blacksburg Police Department said. Her body was found on Saturday in Surry County, North Carolina, which is near the Virginia border, police said.

Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer, 18, was charged Saturday with first-degree murder and one felony count of abduction, police said.

Keepers was charged Sunday with one felony count of improper disposal of a dead body and one misdemeanor count of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony, police said.

The police said investigators looking into Nicole’s disappearance were led to Eisenhauer on Friday night. Eisenhauer was first charged on Saturday with one felony count of abduction, police said. Then after Nicole’s body was found Saturday afternoon, he was also charged with murder, police said.

Eisenhauer and Nicole “were acquainted prior to her disappearance,” police said. “Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her. Keepers helped Eisenhauer dispose of Nicole’s body.”

Eisenhauer and Keepers were both arraigned Monday and preliminary hearings have been set for both on March 28.

Eisenhauer’s attorney, Chris Tuck, and Keepers’ attorney, Kristopher Olin, could not be immediately reached by ABC News Tuesday for comment.

Eisenhauer, who is from Columbia, Maryland, ran cross country at Virginia Tech, and in 2015, while still in high school, he was named the Howard County, Maryland, indoor track athlete of the year, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Eisenhauer was a senior in high school in March 2015 when he was featured as a “Student Athlete of the Week” on ABC affiliate WMAR-TV in Baltimore.

“I just have this internal thing saying I want to be the best. There’s no reason why I cannot be as good as other people are,” Eisenhauer told WMAR-TV at the time. “I will personally not stop until I reach my peak performance which could be anywhere.”

Eisenhauer told WMAR he wanted to run track in college and wanted “to get as many years out of it as I can. … and I want to run for a school that has a good distance program or one that I feel that I will fit in with and excel.”

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