BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 11, 2014 - The following is an open letter to the Virginia Tech community from President Charles W. Steger. It was sent to the university community shortly after police officially identified the victim in this case.
UPDATE: Blacksburg, VA - Blacksburg Police have charged 23 year old Michael Christian Heller with Accessory after the Fact in a Felony in connection with the on going investigation concerning the murder of Samanata Shrestha. Heller was released on a $3000 unsecured bond.
UPDATE: Blacksburg, VA - Blacksburg Police are confirming the identity of the victim as 21 year old Samanata Shrestha after receiving confirmation from the Medical Examiner's Office and following notification of the family.
The investigation began as a welfare check on an adult, and then evolved into a Missing Persons case, and quickly became a homicide investigation. Early on in the investigation, two suspects were developed, Ewing and Brown, who were subsequently arrested and charged in relation to the homicide.
The victim's vehicle, a black 2004 Mercedes C320, was determined to be connected to the homicide investigation. The public was asked for assistance in locating the vehicle and a citizen's tip led Blacksburg Police in locating the vehicle in Montgomery County.
Blacksburg Police are continuing to investigate this homicide. They are asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact Blacksburg Police. Information can be left by calling the TIP line at 540-961-1819 or by sending an email to CIU@blacksburg.gov.
Blacksburg, VA - Blacksburg Police have arrested two people in connection with a Sunday homicide.
On Monday, Blacksburg Police took 22 year old Jessica Michelle Ewing into custody without incident.
Blacksburg Police have also charged 23 year old Keifer Kyle Brown with Accessory after the Fact.
Officers had asked for the public's help searching for a black 2004 Mercedes, C320, 4 door Sedan. The vehicle has Virginia license plate number of JJZ-373. Police say they have now located this vehicle.
No other details about the homicide investigation have been provided.