Boy charged in death of Md. woman; car found at RIC

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - METRO2 - BY ALI ROCKETT arock­ett@times­dis­ (804) 649-6527 Twit­ter: @AliRock­et­tRTD

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.

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