2 charged with murder in connection with missing Augusta Co. child

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 11:45 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Authorities are now charging Candi Royer and Travis Brown with aggravated murder in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Khaleesi Cuthriell.

The couple are also charged with felony murder, conspiring & unlawfully concealing a dead body, conspiring to commit aggravated murder, and conspiring to commit child abuse. Brown is also charged with child abuse. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office announced the additional charges during a press conference Tuesday, May 24.

“When harm comes to a child in this community, we will leave no stone unturned. We have joined with our law enforcement partners at the FBI, the Virginia State Police National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. And all of these agencies are committed to this investigation,” Sheriff Donald Smith said.

Royer and Brown have been in custody for months as investigators search for Khaleesi, who was last seen back in January 2021. She was reported missing in September 2021.

“In this case, the countless man hours and dedication of local state and federal law enforcement has gotten us to where we are today,” Sheriff Smith said.

“I can tell you from firsthand experience after 15 years in this line of work, I have never seen a more thorough and more intense investigation than this one,” Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Martin said.

Khaleesi was in the care of Royer and Brown before her disappearance. Authorities did not say if they have located her remains

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