Investigators give inside look at Goochland teen's death

By Laura Geller - bio | email

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) – NBC12 has learned new information in the mysterious death of the Goochland teen killed in the middle of a dark country road.

It has now been more than a month since a newspaper carrier found 17-year-old Billy Lee Maxwell lying on Broad Street Road in the early morning hours and still no arrests have been made.

Maxwell's death has baffled his family and investigators.  The Goochland Sheriff's Office is really no closer to closing the case.  The lingering questions have given investigators many challenges and loved ones nothing but heartache.

Billy Lee Maxwell's mother Christina stays awake at night running through the scenarios of what could have happened to her baby boy.

"We can't begin healing until we quit wondering what has happened to him," he said.

The challenges in this case come from the extraordinary circumstances surrounding Billy's death.  He was found injured just before 3 a.m. on Route 250.  It was pitch black.  There are no street lights, businesses or houses close to road.

"We have very little to go on," said Lt. James Mann.  "No eyewitnesses or anybody that saw or heard anything that went on that night."

In the last couple weeks, the Goochland Sheriff's Office has tracked Billy's whereabouts until about half an hour before he was hit when he was spotted walking on the road.  It is that short chunk of time that holds the key to cracking the case.

In our first conversation after the incident, Sheriff James Agnew said there was very little evidence of an actual collision at the site where Billy was found that morning.  One of the questions we've heard a number of times is whether Billy was hit or if he was for some reason lying in the middle of the road and was run over.

Investigators think a toxicology report will help them find that answer.  It could take several more weeks for that information to come back from the medical examiner's office.

Regardless, according to the medical examiner, Billy's cause of death was a crushing head injury police said he got from a vehicle on this road.

His best friend David McKenna wants whoever caused that injury held responsible.

"You keeping this to yourself because you're afraid of the consequences is making many other suffer probably more than what you are," he said.

Investigators have followed up on a number of tips, but they have all led to dead ends.    They're still looking for information.  You can call the sheriff's office with tips at 556-5349.

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