By MELINDA WILLIAMS
BLACKSBURG – A current and a former Virginia Tech student have been charged in connection with a Blacksburg homicide.
According to a press release from Blacksburg Police Department Lt. Nathan O’Dell, Jessica Michelle Ewing, 22, and Keifer Kyle Brown, 23, were arrested Monday morning. Both are from Blacksburg.
Ewing is charged with murder, while Brown is charged with being an accessory after the fact. Both are being held without bond at Montgomery County Jail.
Authorities are not releasing information on the murder victim or circumstances surrounding the case; however, Roanoke media are reporting that a search warrant identified the victim as Samanata Shrestha, also a Virginia Tech student.
The university confirmed Ewing is currently enrolled there. Brown graduated last year. Both live off campus and are former members of Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, according to Virginia Tech.
A 2004 Mercedes being sought in connection with the investigation was found abandoned in Montgomery County around 10 a.m. Monday.
A citizen tipped off authorities as to the location of the car.