Jamisha Gilbert search crews find body, await positive ID

Posted at 1:49 PM, Dec 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 18:53:51-05

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WTVR) -- Search crews looking for missing teenager Jamisha Gilbert discovered the body of a black female, police announced Wednesday. Police have not yet positively identified the body discovered about 10:30 a.m. in the woods near Route 460 and Concord Turnpike in Lynchburg.

"The area is being treated as a crime scene and is being thoroughly processed by Lynchburg Police Department and Virginia State Police crime scene technicians," Lynchburg Police Lt. Dave Gearhart said. "The body of the deceased female will be sent to the Roanoke Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification."

Gearhart said search crews would remain in the area and continue investigating the crime scene.

Jamisha Gilbert, 18, was last seen Friday.

Gilbert's car was located along Concord Turnpike in Lynchburg last week. Police said it looked like the Honda Accord had been involved in a crash, but it was unclear whether Gilbert in the vehicle at the time.

Police called Gilbert's disappearance suspicious, and said they had not uncovered any links between Gilbert and Alexis Murphy. Murphy, who lived about 30 miles away, disappeared over the summer.

Lynchburg Police asked anyone with information to call 434-455-4090.