Boy charged in death of Md. woman; car found at RIC
A 14-year-old Highland County boy who was arrested at Richmond International Airport last month has been charged in the killing of a Maryland woman.
Just before 6 p.m. Sept. 17, the Highland Sheriff’s Office found Ruth Ann Knave, 76, of Tall Timbers, Md., shot to death in a home outside of the McDowell community, which is just a few miles south of the West Virginia line and about 35 miles west of Staunton.
Virginia State Police tracked her missing 2009 Subaru Forester to the Richmond airport parking lot. A teenager, who has not been identified by police, was taken into custody later that night by airport police. He has since been held in a juvenile facility on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Now, he is facing charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of theft of a credit card, according to state police.
Law enforcement and airport officials declined to say where the boy was found on the airport grounds, nor would they disclose how he came into contact with Knave.
An online obituary for Knave lists family who live in McDowell. The home where Knave’s body was found is more than 160 miles from the airport.
The Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the case.
Knave’s remains were transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy, police said.