Remains found believed to be those of Megan Metzger, Crime Insider says

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jul 21, 2018

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- Human remains discovered Saturday morning in two locations in rural King George County are believed to be those of missing 19-year-old Megan L. Metzger,according to Crime Insider sources.

"State police investigators had received information early Saturday morning about a possible body being located in the Fairview Beach community of King George County," Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said.

Crime Insider sources said investigators discovered the remains at two locations: in the drive-way of a home on Cottage Road and at a mobile home park on Botts Lane.

Officials said the remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for "examination, autopsy and positive identification."

"The circumstances surrounding the death are being investigated as a homicide," Geller said.

Troopers said late Saturday that the Critically Missing Adult Alert issued for Metzger remains active.

Person of interest apprehended 

A person of interest in Metzger'sdisappearance was taken into police custody Friday, according to Crime Insider sources.

Investigators have not released any information about the person of interest at this time. Crime Insider sources confirm the person in custody is not Juan Benavidez II, the 19-year-old charged with burning Metzger’s 2004 Mazda four-door compact sedan.

Those sources said that the person of interest has a lengthy criminal history and is suspected of selling drugs in Central Virginia.

CBS 6 is working to determine the relationship between Benavidez and the person of interest.

State police were focusing on the connection between Metzger and the white 2004 Mazda four-door compact sedan found two days after she was last heard from.

Megan Lorraine Metzger

Megan Lorraine Metzger

Man arrested for arson 

The teen was last heard from Tuesday, according to Virginia State Police.

Her torched vehicle was found 150 miles away from Pamplin on Thursday on Leestown Road in Westmoreland County on Thursday.

Juan Benavidez II, of King George, was captured early Friday morning and charged with the vehicle arson. Benavidez and Metzger are acquaintances.

According to authorities, Metzger has relocated her residence numerous times in the last year, living with various friends and acquaintances. Her most consistent residence was most recently in Pamplin.

Her disappearance is being investigated as an abduction, which qualifies her for the Virginia Critically Missing Adult Alert Activation.

State police asked anyone with information about Metzger and/or the white 2004 Mazda to please call state police by dialing #77 or calling 804-553-3445 or sending an email to

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can submit a news tip here.

Jon Burkett is the Crime Insider. Watch for his reports weeknights on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.

Jon Burkett is the Crime Insider. Watch for his reports weeknights on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.



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