BLACKSBURG — Kik Interactive, which operates an anonymous messaging service used by 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, says it turned over evidence to the FBI that the company believes helped lead to the arrest of suspects in the teen’s slaying, the company said in an email statement Wednesday.
The company’s information to police may include details as to why the Blacksburg girl left her apartment on Jan. 27. Two high-achieving Virginia Tech students are now charged in the murder case.
David Edmond Eisenhauer, 18, is accused of using a previous relationship with Lovell to abduct and kill the teen. Police have not said how the two met, but Lovell was active on social media and shared her Kik username in at least one “teen dating” group.
As many unanswered questions linger, Natalie Marie Keepers, 19, is scheduled to make her second court appearance at a bond hearing Thursday. She’s charged with being an accessory before and after the fact to a first-degree murder in Nicole Lovell’s death and with helping dispose of Lovell’s body.
Beyond the charges against her, investigators have released no details of Keepers’ involvement in the Blacksburg teen’s disappearance.
Keepers has retained attorneys from Blacksburg’s Spicer Law Firm, which declined to discuss any aspects of the case Wednesday.
Eisenhauer’s court appointed attorney, Montgomery County’s Chris Tuck, could also not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Some who knew both Keepers and Eisenhauer have said they were typical college freshmen.
Eisenhauer attended Riverside Christian School in Yakima, Washington, for nine years before his family moved to the suburbs of Baltimore in 2013. In a statement, Riverside Superintendent Rick Van Beek said the school was “shocked and saddened” to hear about Eisenhauer.
“He was a strong student, well-liked by teachers and peers, and even at that time a promising distance runner,” Van Beek wrote.
At the time of his arrest, Eisenhauer, a decorated runner during high school, was on Virginia Tech’s cross country and track and field teams.
Keepers also came to Virginia Tech from the Baltimore suburbs, where she graduated with honors from Hammond High School in 2015.
One Maryland neighbor — who didn’t provide her name for the newspaper — said Keepers was a smart girl who came from a “lovely family.” Another neighbor, Thomas Lee, told The Associated Press that Keepers was a great girl and a “loner-type” who kept to herself.
Keepers interned at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center before arriving on Virginia Tech’s campus, where she lived in Lee Hall.
Keepers and Eisenhauer have been banned from the Virginia Tech campus.