TerriLynn St. John, missing Virginia mother, found dead; suspect in custody

TerriLynn St. John, missing Virginia mother, found dead; suspect in custody

TerriLynn St. John, missing Virginia mother, found dead; suspect in custody

Virginia authorities are continuing a frantic search for a 23-year-old mother who vanished under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday, leaving a sign of struggle in her front yard.

Investigators are treating the case as a missing person's report and are searching for St. John via K9s and aircraft.

Terrilynn St. John's body was found around 9 a.m. and identified a couple of hours later.

The door of the home was found open and her small children were found alone inside her home.

According to police, Keyser is 'being fairly cooperative, ' and showed them where St. John's body was.

Alvin Keyster, 23, is charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a dead body in connection with the death of Terrilynn St. John, according to NBC12.

Keyser told detectives that he confronted St. John at her home and she hit him, so he hit her back.

Keyser has been refused bail at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center and is due to appear in court on March 5.

Her father Terry said it was evident their had been a struggle near his daughter's auto.

Major Michael Sampson of Middlesex County Sheriff's Office shared similar sentiments.

Photos of Terrilynn St. John, who was reported missing in Middlesex County, Virginia on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 (photos via The Aware Foundation of Virginia).

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

St. John, who recently moved to Wake, had planned to drop her children, ages 2 and 3, off at daycare before heading to work, Samson said. The body was found less than a mile from the victim's residence at the intersection of Mill Wharf Road and Wake Road.

Her boyfriend, Mac Kennard, told The Southside Sentinel he has last saw her as he was leaving for work around 4:20am and kissed her goodbye.

Investigators found her cell phone in a bush in the yard, and a broken necklace. "Miss St. John had a boyfriend at the time".

"I wish I could trade places with her", he told the station before her body was found. Her auto is still at the home. St. John's father was concerned about his daughter and alerted the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said four persons of interest had been interviewed. "No family deserves to go through this".

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