Remains of missing Cumberland woman identified

Man wanted in Cumberland murder, abduction, carjacking

CUMBERLAND, Va. (WWBT) - The remains of Amy Renee Fabian have been identified after they were recovered along with a stolen truck connected to her disappearance.

An F-350 that was reported stolen from Maryland was located in Mecklenburg County on May 30 just before 11 a.m. in a wooded area off Route 138, according to Virginia State Police.

Fabian, 43, has been missing since May 24 following the murder of a man at her home.

Fabian’s ex-boyfriend, George Knisley, 41, of Carroll County, MD, was apprehended in North Carolina in connection to the murder and Fabian’s disappearance.

Knisley has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew T. Broyles, of Powhatan. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia and additional charges against him are pending.

Amy Renee Fabian is missing from Cumberland County.
Amy Renee Fabian is missing from Cumberland County. (Source: NBC12)

The investigation began with a reported murder in the 200 block of Mount Airy Lane at 3:30 a.m. on May 24.

Broyles was found dead in the home and Fabian, 43, who also lived there, was not located. Virginia State Police issued a “critically missing adult alert” for Fabian after her disappearance. That alert was extended at the request of the sheriff’s office but was later canceled.

Virginia State Police said the investigation led search efforts to be concentrated in South Hill and Mecklenberg County.

Amy Renee Fabian is missing from Cumberland County.
Amy Renee Fabian is missing from Cumberland County. (Source: Cumberland Sheriff's Office)

Knisley is suspected of stealing three vehicles, the Ford F-350 from Maryland that was recovered along with the human remains, a Honda Civic from a woman in South Hill and another in North Carolina. He was involved in a police chase with Raleigh Police before being arrested.

The stolen Civic was recovered in North Carolina.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 492-4120 or Virginia State Police at #77.

Amy Renee Fabian is missing out of Cumberland County.
Amy Renee Fabian is missing out of Cumberland County. (Source: Virginia State Police)

The incident set residents in normally quiet Cumberland County on edge.

“It makes me nervous to even come out of my house anymore," neighbor Abbigayle Sill said.

“Its such a small town and for something like that to happen, you don’t imagine it to happen in your town at all," neighbor Chip Peregoy said.

George Knisley.
George Knisley. (Source: WRAL)
George William Knisley is believed to have stolen a 2002 Ford F350 work truck.
George William Knisley is believed to have stolen a 2002 Ford F350 work truck. (Source: Cumberland Sheriff's Office)

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