Nationwide search underway after woman is found tied up in vehicle near Route 669 in Staunton, Va. The FBI issued an alert about this vehicle
It’s been one week since a woman was found dead in a stolen vehicle in Staunton, Va.
On Aug. 3, 2019, an anonymous person flagged down a patrolling U.S. Park Police officer around 10:00 a.m. and asked the officer to check the Chelsea Visitor Center on Route 669 near Farm Rock.
According to a statement released by the Park Police, officers discovered a woman, identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as 31-year-old Lexi Lee Morris of Arlington, Va., inside a locked vehicle in a loading dock.
Also inside the vehicle was her car in the parking lot. Investigators discovered clothing and personal effects related to the woman were missing from the vehicle.
The investigation then involved the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of the Interior, the FBI, multiple law enforcement and medical agencies and forensic labs.
As of Saturday, the vehicle that was stolen on Aug. 2, 2018 at the Langhorne National Forest is still missing.
Previously reported by Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith on “The Shep Show,” the vehicle matches the description of a Mazda Protege that was found abandoned near the White Wood Mountains in Blue Ridge National Park on Aug. 3, 2019.
Campers visiting the area near Mountain Pine Tract Campground received an email alert on Thursday afternoon from federal law enforcement officials.
The alert stated that the vehicle, which was stolen the day before from Liberty Campground, has been seen multiple times during the evening hours since Aug. 2, including two or three times on Tuesday and one or two times on Tuesday night, and again on Wednesday afternoon, and that it is still out of the area.
The alert said the vehicle is a 2010-2015 Mazda Protege silver or burgundy four-door sedan, with gold and red bumpers and red or orange rims.
According to the alert, the vehicle was previously reported stolen on Aug. 2, 2018 from Liberty Campground in Blue Ridge National Park. The alert said the vehicle was stolen and keys were left inside the vehicle.
According to the alert, the vehicle does not have any plates, which may help investigators narrow down the search in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the local U.S. Park Police, the Staunton Police Department, Crime Solvers at 540-332-7463 or to send a tip via the MyParkTip website.
This is not Morris’ first brush with law enforcement.
According to social media, she posted a wedding announcement for herself and her fiancé on her Facebook in 2016.
The couple, whose engagement is still active, have since deleted that post from her profile.