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BREAKING: State police actively seeking new leads in 1996 murder

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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 2:08 pm | Updated: 2:12 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

The Virginia State Police continues to actively investigate a 17-year-old cold case involving the murder of a young woman taken from the side of the road in Culpeper County.

  Alicia Showalter Reynolds was abducted March 2, 1996 on U.S. 29 on her way from Baltimore, Md. to Charlottesville. Her remains were found two months later on May 7, 1996 in the Lignum area of Culpeper.

  Since that time, more than 10,040 tips related to the case have poured into the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Culpeper Field Office, according to a news release Friday.

  Of those, 27 tips were received in the past 12 months.

  "Within the past year, the investigation into Ms. Reynolds' murder was the focus of review by State Police violent crimes investigators from around the state," said Capt. Gary T. Settle, commander of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Culpeper Field Office.

  "These investigators poured over the entire case file, leads, witness statements, interviews, suspect profiles, evidence, etc. to strategize and pursue any new evidential or technological avenues that could benefit, and ultimately advance the progress of this ongoing investigation."

  According to witnesses who observed Reynolds' vehicle parked on the southbound shoulder of U.S. 29 that day 17 years ago when she disappeared, a white male was seen stopped out with her vehicle, the VSP said. He is described as aged 35 to 45 with a medium build and light to medium brown hair. The man was further described as between 5'10" to 6' tall and driving a dark-colored pickup truck, possibly a green Nissan.

  As news spread about Reynolds' abduction, several other females came forward to report a white male had either stopped them or attempted to stop them while they were traveling along U.S. 29 in Culpeper.

  The VSP is still seeking new leads in the case. Anyone with information pertaining to the abduction and murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds is asked to contact the VSP Culpeper Division toll-free at (800) 572-2260, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (888) 300-0156 or by email at bci-culpeper@vsp.virginia.gov.

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