Prosecutor: Slain Virginia girl died of stabbing

Montgomery County, Va. Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, left, and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson listen to questions during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Montgomery County, Va. Commonwealth's Attorney Mary Pettitt, left, and Blacksburg Police Chief Anthony Wilson listen to questions during a news conference Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Blacksburg Va. Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, whose remains were found in North Carolina. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Investigators say they are pursuing more than 400 leads in the case of a 13-year-old Virginia girl who prosecutors say died of a stabbing.

Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in her death. David Eisenhauer has been charged with kidnapping and with first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Madison Lovell. She disappeared from her home last Wednesday, setting off a frantic search. Her body was found Saturday, hidden off a North Carolina road, two hours south of campus.

Natalie Keepers is accused of helping dispose of the girl’s body and is being charged as an accessory before and after the fact. Keepers has a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Eisenhauer is also jailed.

Local, state and federal authorities are trying to reconstruct timeline of the students’ movements after Nicole disappeared. Nicole put a dresser in front of her bedroom door and climbed out the window last week.

Her mother says her daughter beat the odds through several health scares and touched many people in her short life.

Tammy Weeks spoke briefly at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. She says her daughter, Nicole Madison Lovell, had passion for pandas, music and dance, and her favorite color was blue. Weeks says she called her daughter “Coley” as a nickname. She described Nicole having a liver transplant and later slipping into a coma. As Weeks read her statement, she cried and was unable to finish. She was ushered away, and another man finished reading for her.

Police said at the news conference that funeral arrangements have been made and details will be released this afternoon, but access will be restricted at the family’s request.

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