Father of slain 13-year-old Nicole Lovell wants answers

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WSLS) — David Lovell walked into the Montgomery County courthouse Monday looking for answers in the death of his daughter, 13-year-old Nicole Lovell.

“These two individuals took my daughter from this planet and I want to know why. I want all the information I can get,” he said.

18-year-old David Eisenhauer is charged with felony abduction, which occurred on or about January 27 and first degree murder, which occurred on or about January 30, according to arrest warrants.

19-year-old Natalie Keepers is facing a felony charge of improperly disposing of a body and a misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony, which happened on or about January 27, according to her arrest warrants.

Few details came out of Monday’s arraignments. Cameras, not allowed inside, would have captured Keepers in her orange jumpsuit and shackles telling the judge — barely above a whisper — she understood the charges against her and hired her own attorney. She’s being represented by Kristopher Olin of Spicer Law Firm in Blacksburg.

Attorney Christopher Tuck was appointed for Eisenhauer.

From left: Natalie M. Keepers and David E. Eisenhauer
From left: Natalie M. Keepers and David E. Eisenhauer

However, arrest warrants did reveal new information. When he first talked to investigators, Eisenhauer stated, “I believe the truth can set me free.” By the time he was charged with murder several hours later, he had “no comment,” according to an arrest warrant.

The warrants also show no firearms were used. A line in the warrants reads, “was a firearm allegedly used in the offense?” The box “no” is checked on the four warrants between the two suspects.

These are all details David Lovell knows will become harder to hear.

“It’s going to be terrible and I’m not prepared for it. I’m not. How can any father be prepared for it?” he asked.

He waits for answers wearing a blue ribbon — one of Nicole’s favorite colors — in her honor. Lovell says he’s grateful for the investigators working the case.

Nicole Madison Lovell (Photo via WSLS)
Nicole Madison Lovell (Photo via WSLS)

“I want to thank the law-enforcement and everybody that’s involved in the search for Nicole and who continue to work on the case.”

Blacksburg police confirmed Saturday that Nicole Lovell was found dead, her remains found in Surry, N.C.

Eisenhauer and Keepers both have preliminary hearings scheduled for March 28. They are being held without bond.

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