Authorities searching for a missing Cumberland County woman discovered human remains and a work truck linked to the case in Mecklenburg County on Thursday.
Police said earlier this week that they were looking for Cumberland resident Amy Renee Fabian, 43, in the South Hill and Mecklenburg area. She had not been seen since a man was found dead in her home early last Friday.
A suspect in the man’s killing, George W. Knisley IV, 41, of Carroll County, Md., was arrested last Friday night after a police chase in Raleigh, N.C. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is suspected in Fabian’s disappearance, the police said. He is Fabian’s ex-boyfriend.
The man found dead in Fabian’s house was Matthew T. Broyles, 29, of Powhatan County. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller described Broyles and Fabian as friends.
Police said they believe Knisley left Fabian’s home in the truck, a 2002 white Ford F-350 that had been reported stolen in Maryland last Thursday.
The remains and the truck were found shortly before 11 a.m. in a wooded area off state Route 138, less than a mile from U.S. 1, state police said in a news release Thursday.
The remains will be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy and identification.
State Route 138 and U.S. 1 intersect in South Hill, right by Interstate 85 and about 15 miles north of the North Carolina state line.
The Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office spent Thursday processing the evidence recovered at the scene.
Authorities have been looking for Fabian by air and on the ground since last Friday. The Cumberland Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, South Hill Police Department, Virginia Department of Emergency Management and FBI have been involved.
The investigation began about 3:30 a.m. last Friday when Cumberland authorities received a 911 call about a homicide occurring in Fabian’s home, in the 200 block of Mount Airy Lane. Deputies found Broyles dead and Fabian missing.
A few hours later, about 6:30 a.m., a man matching Knisley’s description stole a Honda Civic in South Hill after threatening a woman at gunpoint. South Hill is about 75 miles from Fabian’s home in Cumberland.
The Civic was recovered in Raleigh, where Knisley is suspected of carjacking a man of his Toyota Corolla and driving away.
Authorities spotted the stolen vehicle and pursued Knisley briefly at high speeds before he crashed and was arrested last Friday night. Officers found a loaded handgun on the driver’s-side floorboard, according to police.
On Monday, Knisley briefly escaped custody from the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh as he was being transferred to another facility. A handcuffed Knisley pushed down a sheriff’s deputy and ran about a block and a half before a good Samaritan grabbed and held him for pursuing deputies, a Wake County sheriff’s spokesman said Tuesday.
As he was being led to a patrol car, Knisley admitted “he was a murderer and didn’t want to live any longer,” said the spokesman, Eric Curry.
Knisley is awaiting extradition to Virginia, where additional charges are pending, state police said.