A stolen vehicle from Mount Airy was discovered in Virginia near the remains of a missing Virginia woman.

Mount Airy Police Chief Douglas Reitz said one of his officers, James Brooks, took a report on May 24 at Allegheny Industries on Center Street in Mount Airy after an employee allegedly stole one of the company’s vehicles.

The employee, later identified as George Knisley, 41, of Westminster, left his own keys and vehicle at Allegheny Industries before he left, Reitz said.

Brooks contacted the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia after learning that Knisley may have gone to Virginia. When Brooks called the sheriff’s office in Virginia, they were on the scene of a homicide, Reitz said.

Knisley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Matthew T. Broyles, of Virginia. Knisley was found in North Carolina after a police chase, according to Reitz’s report to the Mount Airy mayor and Town Council.

The Virginia medical examiner determined Tuesday that the remains found in Mecklenburg, near the stolen F-350, were those of 43-year-old Amy Renee Fabian, according to The Associated Press.

Fabian had been missing since May 24, when police found Broyles in her home. Knisley was Fabian’s ex-boyfriend, according to the AP.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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Disappointed in North Carolina law enforcement. One time day their attitude for murder`s such as this was: Nope! he is wasting God`s fresh air. Dude would`t had heard it but surly would had felt BANG, Bang, bang-bang-bang and BOOM, boom, boom. Just a shoe box to place this dude in and put him with the nightcrawler`s. Taxpayers money well spent[cool]

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