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March 1, 2016

20 years later: Police seek tips in Route 29 murder

Family Photo
Alicia Showalter Reynolds got murdered on her way from Baltimore to Charlottesville.
Using witness descriptions, a police artist made this sketch of the “Route 29 Stalker.”
The victim’s grave in a Rockingham County cemetery.
“Route 29 Stalker”
Women along the corridor, including Fauquier, reported encounters with a strange man.

WJLA-TV in 2014 produced this report on murder case’s lead investigator:

Along Route 29 in Culpeper, Virginia, lies a wooden cross weathered by time, and some artificial flowers.

All we can do is pray for her," says Annie Taylor quietly.

The items mark the place where Alicia Reynolds was last seen alive — 18 years ago.

"I never lose hope in being able to solve this case," declares Virginia State Police Special Agent Richard Hankins.

Click here to continue reading.

By Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police

Twenty years ago Wednesday, a 25-year-old graduate student disappeared while driving along Route 29 from Baltimore to Charlottesville.

Her car, a Mercury Tracer, was found abandoned later that same day in Culpeper County.

Two months later, the remains of Alicia Showalter Reynolds were discovered in a field that had recently been cleared of trees in the rural community of Lignum.

Witnesses had seen Ms. Reynolds’ white Mercury parked along the southbound shoulder of Route 29 on Saturday, March 2, 1996.

Some described a white man, 35 to 45 years old, with a medium build and light to medium brown hair, standing by her car. The man, 5-feet-10 to 6 feet tall, drove a dark-colored pickup truck, possibly a green Nissan.

As news spread about Ms. Reynolds’ abduction, several other women came forward and said a white man either had stopped them or attempted to stop them as they traveled along Route 29 in Culpeper County.

Even after 20 years and more than 10,100 leads that investigators have followed, tips and information continue to come into the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office.

State police remain hopeful that this case will come to a successful resolution and continue to encourage the public to come forward with any information related to the investigation.

Anyone with information pertaining to the abduction and murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Culpeper Division toll-free at 1-800-572-2260, or the Bureau of Criminal Investigation toll-free at 1-888-300-0156 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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