A 23-year-old man was charged with murder after he told detectives he beat and strangled TerriLynn St. John — and led them to her body.
Alvin B. Keyser is charged with first-degree murder and concealing a dead body in the death of the 23-year-old mother. Additional charges against Keyser are forthcoming officers said, CBS News reported.
St. John disappeared from her driveway in Middlesex County, Va., at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday as she was getting ready to drop her kids off at daycare.
Family members were contacted when St. John failed to show up for work.
They visited her home and found her children home alone, with the door wide open, they said.
Keyser led investigators to St. John’s body early Thursday, according to Middlesex, Va. Sheriff’s Major Michael Sampson.
It was covered in leaves along a road about a mile from her home.
Keyser reportedly told police that St. John entered his van and the pair got into an argument.
“Keyser stated to detectives he confronted St. John at her residence about statements that were made about Keyser. Keyser stated that St. John struck him, and he struck her back he then pushed her out of the van Keyser was driving,” Sampson said in a statement, CBS News reported.
TerriLynn St. John, of Middlesex, Va., was found dead a mile down the road from her Pine Tip, Va., home, March 1, 2018. (HANDOUT)
Keyser told investigators that he forced St. John out of the van, hit and strangled her until she stopped breathing.
He said he loaded her body back into the van and then discarded it in woods near her home.
Keyser is being held without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center.
He is due in court on Monday, March 5.
St. John lived with her boyfriend, who was initially a suspect in her death.
He was one of the last people who see her alive.
“I wish I could trade places with her,” he told 13 News Now before her body was found.