(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — A friend of the 13-year-old Virginia girl who was allegedly abducted and murdered last month said the teen had told her about an older “boyfriend” before she went missing.
Nicole Lovell, 13, was found dead four days after going missing in late-January and Virginia Tech students David Eisenhauer, 18, and Natalie Keepers, 19, have since been arrested and charged in connection to the case.
A friend of Lovell’s told ABC News that Nicole had showed her pictures of “her boyfriend” named David. The photos appeared to match Eisenhauer, the friend said.
The friend, whose identity is not being publicly disclosed, also told ABC News that Nicole had met with David at a park at least one time before she disappeared Jan. 27.
The park, called Nellie’s Cave, is visible from Nicole’s bedroom window, has walking trails and is featured on several online running routes through the town of Blacksburg, Virginia.
Eisenhauer, who was a star track and field runner in high school and was a member of the Virginia Tech cross country team, has been charged with first degree murder and abduction. He was arraigned but is expected to enter a plea at his first hearing in late March. His attorney has not commented on the case.
A source familiar with the case told ABC News that Eisenhauer had a relationship the person characterized as “inappropriate” with Lovell. The source would not elaborate on the relationship to ABC News.
Keepers, a friend of Eisenhauer, was charged with being an accessory both before and after the fact as well as improper disposal of a body. She appeared at a bond hearing where the state attorney detailed how Keepers had told investigators about how she and Eisenhauer planned the attack and disposed of the body. Her bond was denied and she has not yet had to enter a plea.
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