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Body found identified as missing mother

Body found identified as missing mother

The sheriff's office said four persons of interest had been interviewed.

John, the Middlesex mom who went missing on Tuesday morning, was found dead in a forest clearing near her residence.

St. John's father went to her Wake home after learning from his daughter's coworkers that she never made it to work, Maj.

WTVR reported that St. John's auto was still in the driveway, her cellphone was found in bushes outside her home and authorities found a broken necklace in the front yard. Keyser led detectives to St. John's body Thursday morning.

At some point St. John got into a van that Keyser was driving, but officials didn't clarify whether or not she was physically forced into the vehicle.

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

Investigators say that Keyster showed detectives where the body was.

"Keyser then stated he loaded her in the van and put her body in the woods down from her residence", said Sampson.

Keyser has been refused bail at Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center and is due to appear in court on March 5. Her two children - ages 1 and 3 - were found alone inside.

TerriLynn St. John of Middlesex Va. was found dead a mile down the road from her Pine Tip Va. home
TerriLynn St. John of Middlesex Va. was found dead a mile down the road from her Pine Tip Va. home

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Middlesex Sheriff's Office at (804) 758-2779 or call 911. Because of the evidence left behind, the family believes a struggle took place outside.

"They looked through the woods and you could definitely tell there has been a struggle beside my daughter's auto", he told the station. Police had also initially suspected that St. John was strangled as her broken necklace was found in the yard.

St. John's sister, Maggie, said she could not think of a reason anyone would want to hurt the missing woman.

St. John's body was taken to the medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Sampson said investigators reached out to Keyser Wednesday evening and spoke with him.

"Mr. Keyser showed us where it [the body] was at", Samson said.

The Middlesex Sheriff's office said they investigated Keyser after someone posted on social media about a statement Keyser had made. Sampson said he lives in the area.

Following the discovery of the body, St. John's family and boyfriend set up a GoFundMe account to cover the funeral expenses.

Middlesex Sheriff David Bushey said he was thankful for all who came forward to help with the investigation.

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