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UPDATE: Days after kidnapping, human remains found in South Hill

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Amy Renee Fabian / May 29, 2019
UPDATE: Virginia State Police said Thursday night that human remains have been found in the vicinity of Route 138 in South Hill, where authorities had concentrated the search for kidnapping victim Amy Renee Fabian of Cumberland County.

Police also have recovered a Ford F-350 work truck that was allegedly stolen by George William Knisley IV of Maryland, who is believed to be Fabian's ex-boyfriend. Fabian was arrested Friday, May 24 in Raleigh, N.C. and charged with the murder of Matthew T. Broyles of Powhatan, a friend of Fabian's who was found dead at her Cumberland County home early Friday morning.

Knisley is believed to have stolen the work truck in Maryland and driven to Fabian's home, before driving off in the same vehicle early Friday after Broyles was slain.
Knisley is also believed to be responsible for a carjacking at gunpoint in South Hill later in the morning on Friday. On Friday night, Knisley was taken into custody by Raleigh, N.C. police after leading officers on a chase through the city.

According to State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, the human remains were recovered around 11 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area off Route 138, less than a mile from Route 1. The remains are being sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Richmond for autopsy, examination and positive identification.

Police have not said definitely that the body recovered was that of Amy Fabian, but they advised the public on Tuesday that the search effort for the missing woman would be concentrated in the Route 1-138 area of South Hill.

This story will be updated.

The Mecklenburg Sun's original story, published May 29, appears below.


Police are focusing their search for a missing Cumberland County woman in the South Hill area as they continue to investigate a suspected murder-abduction that took place early Friday morning at the woman’s home.

A suspect, George William Knisley IV, 41, of Carroll County, Md., was arrested in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday night after he allegedly drove away from the murder scene in a stolen work truck, hijacked a second vehicle later in the morning Friday in South Hill, drove into North Carolina, stole another vehicle and was finally captured by Raleigh police following a chase through the city.

Knisley is described by authorities as ex-boyfriend of Amy Renee Fabian, 43, who has not been seen since Friday morning and is presumed to have been kidnapped by the suspect. Fabian was not found with Knisley when he was arrested Friday night by Raleigh police.

Deceased is a Powhatan man, 29-year-old Matthew T. Broyles, who police describe as a friend of Fabian’s. He was found slain at the woman’s home on Mount Airy Lane in Cumberland County when police there responded to a 911 call reporting that a homicide had taken place. That call came in around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Fabian, who lived at the home, was nowhere to be found when police arrived and has not been seen since.

Authorities have since developed investigative leads that suggest Fabian is somewhere in the South Hill-Mecklenburg County area, said Corinne Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson. South Hill police are urging residents within a three-mile radius of the intersection of Route 1 and Route 138 to check their property for a work truck that Knisley is believed to have driven away from the murder scene.

Fabian is described as a white female, 43 years old, 5-8” tall, weighing around 124 pounds and with brown eyes and brown hair.

The public’s help is also being sought in finding a 2002 white, Ford F-350 work truck, which was reported stolen in Maryland the day before the Cumberland slaying. The truck has “Alleghany Industries” displayed on the side and has a Maryland license plate of “22L 231.” It is thought to be somewhere in the Route 1-Route 138 area of South Hill.

Police believe Knisley ditched the heavy-duty truck in town shortly before hijacking a 2013 Honda Civic from a South Hill woman who was threatened at gunpoint. The woman’s Honda sedan has since been recovered by Raleigh police.

The carjacking took place around 6:30 a.m. Friday as the woman was walking from her residence to her car. She was not injured in the confrontation, but the suspect, Knisley, is said to have driven off in her Civic.

Police believe he ditched the woman’s car in Raleigh and stole another vehicle that was recovered in the chase with police. Police are not saying if Fabian was spotted with Knisley when he allegedly stole the car in South Hill.

Knisley is being held in Raleigh on a first-degree murder charge while awaiting extradition to Cumberland County. According to Geller, additional charges are pending in North Carolina, Cumberland County and South Hill.

Early on in their investigation, police identified Knisley as a suspect in both the homicide and Fabian’s disappearance. They have since identified Knisley as Fabian’s ex-boyfriend, although authorities have not suggested a potential motive for the killing of Broyles, nor commented on the relationship between Broyles and Fabian other than to describe them as friends.

After he was found dead at Fabian’s Cumberland home, Broyles’ remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.

Law enforcement is asking for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Amy Renee Fabian or the whereabouts of the two stolen vehicles to call 911 or (804) 492-4120 or Virginia State Police at #77.

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