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Albemarle Teen Home Safe, Disappearance Remains a Mystery

Posted: Updated: 10/23/2013 9:46:03 AM

Update 10/24/2013:  Albemarle County Police release statement saying an arrest has been made on a suspect who was connected to the disappearance of Erskine on Friday, October 18.  On October 23, Virginia Beach Police served warrants on 24 year old, Johnathan Lee Messer from Kingsport, TN.  Read more here.


Update 10/22/2013: Albemarle County police released a statement Tuesday night saying they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Fiona Erskine Friday night and have identified those involved. They stress it's important for the community to know this was not random and everyone involved knew each other. 

Update 10/20/2013:  Albemarle County police say the investigation into the reported abduction is still active as of Sunday night. Police are not giving a description of a possible abductor or saying whether a crime was committed. 


Original: What happened to 16-year-old Fiona Erskine in the 11 hours she was missing is still a mystery.

Her parents claim she was abducted. Albemarle County police won't comment, but say they are investigating the allegations.

The Albemarle High School student won't be going to her homecoming dance Saturday night. Instead she is with her family after they endured a terrifying Friday night.

Fiona's father - Bill - made this plea early Saturday morning: "If you're hearing this Fiona be brave, be strong, do what you have to survive, do what you can to get home," he said.

The Albemarle High School junior had just returned from a Friday night football game with her dad when she disappeared from the family's home in Dunlora.

"So when they got home she went upstairs to get her camera to go outside in front of her house to take pictures of the moon," Fiona's mother Kathryn Erskine said.

Fiona's parents found her phone in the front yard just after 11 p.m. Friday.

"That is not something any teenager would drop," Kathryn Erskine said.

Kathryn Erskine says she is a homebody who wouldn't simply walk away. She was looking forward to her first homecoming dance Saturday night.

"She was going with some friends, they had helped her pick out a dress and we got shoes," she said.

On Saturday morning around 10 - more than 11 hours after she vanished - a neighbor found the teenager walking up Rio Road and brought her home.

"Fiona is back home she is safe and she is being cared for by her family. I can't say anything else about where the investigation is going at this point but the police are actively involved," Denise Lunsford, Albemarle County commonwealth's attorney, said.

Albemarle County police spent Saturday at the home investigating.

Erskine's father says he's certain someone abducted his daughter. He also says his daughter went to a hospital, but he would not say why.

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