Police: Missing Charlottesville woman found dead in own home

Police said Molly Meghan Miller was last seen Friday, December 29 around 8:30 p.m. at her home on King Street, she was reported missing on Saturday, December 30 at 9:20 p.m. (Photos provided, images courtesy of WSET)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who was last seen leaving her home for a walk has been found dead inside her residence.

Area news outlets report Charlottesville police said in a news release Monday night that a detective found the body of 31-year-old Molly Meghan Miller on Monday evening. Authorities did not say if they’re treating the case as a homicide and did not release details of earlier searches of the home.

Miller had last been seen Friday evening, and her fiance reported her missing a day later.

Police said there’s no perceived threat to the public.

Before Miller’s body was found, Deputy Chief Gary Pleasants said police had deployed bloodhounds and were checking security cameras near her home.

In a public Facebook post, Miller’s family said, “She is a free spirit, a light in our lives, creative, loving, fiercely independent, and a seeker of truth… We will always refer to Molly in the present tense – she is not gone – she is in a better place and at peace.”

They also ask for support for Molly’s fiancé, city council candidate Anson Parker. The Miller family expressed gratitude to police and all the people who helped search for her. They said they will hold a celebration of Molly’s life when the weather gets warmer.

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