Remains found in Mecklenburg County identified as missing Cumberland County woman

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The remains found in Mecklenburg County last week have been identified as the missing Cumberland County woman.

Virginia State Police said Monday that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond positively identified the human remains as Amy Renee Fabian. 

Fabian, who had been missing since Friday, May 24, and a stolen Ford F-350 work truck were both located shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area off Route 138 — less than a mile from Route 1 — in Mecklenburg County.

Coordinated search efforts involving multiple law enforcement agencies led to Thursday morning’s discovery in Mecklenburg County state police said.

The incident began at about 3:30 a.m. on May 24 when the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a homicide occurring at Fabian’home in the 200 block of Mount Airy Lane. When deputies arrived, they found a friend of Fabian’s — Matthew T. Broyles, 29, of Powhatan — dead inside Fabian’s residence. Fabian was missing.

Investigators immediately began looking at Fabian’s ex-boyfriend, George W. Knisley IV, 41, of Carroll Co., Md., in connection with her disappearance. The sheriff’s office obtained an arrest warrant for first-degree murder for Knisley for Broyles’ death.

During the course of the investigation into the Cumberland County homicide, the South Hill Police Department received a 911 call at about 6:30 a.m. on May 24 from a woman who was walking out to her car at her home and encountered a man. The man, who fit Knisley’s description, threatened the woman at gunpoint and stole her 2013 Honda Civic. The man drove off in the Honda Civic. The woman was not injured.

Later that evening, Knisley is suspected of stealing a third vehicle in North Carolina. Later that night, he was involved in a pursuit with Raleigh, N.C. Police. Raleigh Police took Knisley into custody on the Cumberland County murder charge. 

Knisley is still being held in North Carolina, awaiting extradition to Cumberland County. Additional charges are still pending in Cumberland County and Mecklenburg County.

The missing Honda Civic stolen from the South Hill residence was later located in Raleigh, N.C. by the Raleigh, N.C. Police Department. 

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