Virginia mom mysteriously vanishes from front yard

Virginia mom mysteriously vanishes from front yard

Virginia mom mysteriously vanishes from front yard

Major Michael Sampson of the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office said in a news conference Thursday that a body was found around 9 a.m. - about one mile from where 23-year-old TerriLynn St. John disappeared earlier this week.

Investigators are looking for Terrilynn St. John, who was last seen the morning of February 27.

John, 23, was last heard from around 7:30 a.m., when she went to her auto in her front yard, preparing to take her children to daycare, according to family members.

The body was later identified as St. John.

Authorities did not say how they knew each other.

In addition, they say her auto is still at home and her broken necklace found in the yard.

They have arrested the 23-year-old mother of two's acquaintance, Alvin B. Keyser, 23, in connection. Keyser and St. John argued in the front yard and, according to one eyewitness, the Middlesex mom was forced to get inside Keyser's van, despite the suspect saying that she went willingly.

Family members said they believed St. John struggled with someone in her front yard, near her auto on Tuesday morning.

Keyser is now being held without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center.

- Authorities in Virginia are searching for a mother who reportedly vanished from her front yard while her two children were home.

The sheriff's office said St. John's children, ages 1 and 3, were found alone and unharmed in the home by their grandfather. Middlesex County investigators says there could be more charges.

Samson said detectives contacted Keyser Wednesday night after he made incriminating statements to someone, who posted what Keyser said on social media. "Her cell phone was found in the bushes". He said he pushed her out of the van he was driving [it's unclear how St. John ended up in his van at this time].

"Detectives have now switched their gears in this case from a missing persons report of suspicious nature to a homicide", Sampson said. An attempt had been made to cover the body, said Major Sampson.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Middlesex Sheriff's Office at 804-758-5600.

The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office immediately deployed a K9 unit to the scene to assist in the search for St. John, and Hampton Police Division K9 officers later joined them.

Sampson said St John's family were devastated with the news as is the local community.

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