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    VA - Taylor Behl, 17, Richmond, 5 Sept 2005

    FBI joins search for VCU student
    Freshman, 17, from Fairfax was last seen on Monday evening

    BY JIM MASON
    TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER

    Sep 11, 2005

    RELATED: Police Beat

    The search for a missing Virginia Commonwealth University student expanded last night with the entrance of the FBI into the case.

    The mother of Taylor Marie Behl, a 17-year-old freshman from Vienna in Fairfax County, said she was informed of the FBI's involvement during a meeting with VCU Police Chief Willie Fuller.

    Behl, who lives in a dormitory at the downtown Richmond school's Monroe Park campus, was last seen late Monday night, and she was reported missing to VCU police early Wednesday morning.

    "We are assisting the VCU Police Department," FBI Special Agent Larry Barry said last night. He declined to provide further details.
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    Paul Timmreck, the university's senior vice president for finance and administration, also confirmed last night that the FBI had been brought in to help VCU and Richmond police search for Behl.

    Behl left her room in the Gladding Residence Center, across West Main Street from Monroe Park, about 10 p.m. Monday, telling roommates she was going skateboarding with three young men.

    Behl is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black, hooded sweatshirt.

    Also missing is Behl's car, a white 1997 Ford Escort with Virginia tags JPC-2848.

    Behl's mother, Janet Pelasara, said yesterday she has been in Richmond since Wednesday morning, hoping to help find her daughter and keep in close touch with VCU officials.

    Her daughter, Pelasara said, had been at VCU only two weeks before disappearing.

    "She was very excited and had made new friends and was looking forward to the college experience," Pelasara said. "She was so happy."

    Campus police have begun posting daily alerts on the university's Web site advising people of Behl's disappearance. In addition, fliers with Behl's picture and a description of her have been put up around the campus, at nearby businesses and in Vienna.

    A bartender and a customer at the Village Café, at Harrison and West Grace streets near the northern end of the Monroe Park campus, said yesterday they recalled Behl visiting the establishment.

    "I've seen her in here a couple times. She sat at the bar and drank water," the bartender said.

    "She would come in here on Sunday afternoons with her roommate," said the customer, who asked not to be identified. "She was very outgoing and very friendly."

    Andrea Ingram, a 19-year-old sophomore from Exmore on Virginia's Eastern Shore, said she sat beside Behl on the first day of a physics class.

    "She told me she liked to hang out at the Village Café," Ingram said. "She said she was not old enough to drink but would sit at the bar and smoke."

    Pelasara has been meeting regularly with Fuller so the police chief can keep her abreast of progress in the search. They met last night at her hotel near the campus.

    "He wants to keep the family up to speed on the investigation," university spokeswoman Anne Buckley said.

    VCU police ask anyone with information to contact them at (804) 828-1196.

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    I hope she is OK. I live in VA and I have not heard anything about this until today.

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    I live in Richmond and have heard this story on the local news.

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    Can we change the title of the thread - her name according to the missing person flyer is Taylor, not Tyler... and/or maybe combine it with the other thread about her....

    Thanx !!

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    Taylor's Mom on Greta now. She said that there is a man that the police are "looking at." He had Taylors pictures on his web site and now they have been taken off. Greta said that she thought that was strange. She had seen the pictures. This sounds like one of those cases that is not going to have happy ending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewingDeb
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    The comments are interesting.
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    Taylor Behl - U of VA Student Missing

    Has nobody posted a topic on this yet? Apologies if it's somewhere else and I can't find it...

    It's actually Virginia Commonwealth University, not UVA - I didn't know how to/ if I could edit the thread title.

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal...jump_page.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hbgchick
    Has nobody posted a topic on this yet? Apologies if it's somewhere else and I can't find it...

    It's actually Virginia Commonwealth University, not UVA - I didn't know how to/ if I could edit the thread title.

    http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal...jump_page.html
    There is a whole forum on the case here:
    http://websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=89

    It's a featured discussion.

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    Thanks! I figured there had to be - moderators, feel free to delete this thread.


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    Nancy Grace Special - tonight on CTV - 9 PM EDT



    Nancy Grace Investigates Special

    CTV - 9 PM EDT Tonight Tues. - 10/25


    An in-depth discussion - an investigative report of cases that seem to have slipped through the cracks like that of Taylor Behl (her Mom will be on) - Why hasn't there been a charge or indictment? Nancy's not giving up!

    Also Natalee Holloway & Pamela Vitale cases.

    Mentioned - Paulis Van Der Sloot is trying to get his old job back.

    13th Juror

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    Thanks! I'll be watching.

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    Thanks for the heads up!

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    Thanks for that update. Sounds like a good show--I'll be watching.

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    From August 2006:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...080901486.html

    Benjamin Fawley had stood up -- his head shaking back and forth, a photograph of his two young daughters in his left hand -- and entered a plea in the murder of 17-year-old Taylor Behl, just eight days before his trial was scheduled to begin...

    In doing so, Fawley did not admit his guilt but conceded that the state had enough evidence to convict him in Behl's killing. Circuit Court Judge William H. Shaw III accepted the plea and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.
    See Taylor's forum here:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/for...-vs-Ben-Fawley