There are no updates expected Friday regarding the death of Lynchburg teenager Jamisha Gilbert, Lynchburg Police Department Lieutenant Dave Gearhart said Friday morning.

Gearhart would not comment on the cause of death, or if foul play was involved. The incident is being handled as a "suspicious death."


Story from Thursday, Dec. 6, 2013

The Lynchburg Police Department has confirmed that the body found Wednesday morning is of Jamisha Gilbert.

Gilbert went missing Friday. She was 18.

Her body was found in a heavily wooded area near Concord Turnpike and Route 460. The Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office released the identity to Lynchburg police on Thursday.

Investigators have not said how Gilbert died, only that her death is being investigated "as an incident that involves a suspicious death."

The Lynchburg Police Department says Gilbert’s death is being investigated as a suspicious death.

Investigators also say that they don’t believe Gilbert’s death is related to the disappearance of Alexis Murphy. Murphy went missing from Nelson County in August.

“Up to this point in the investigation, no information has been obtained that would lead investigators to believe that this case is in any way related to the missing person case involving Alexis Murphy,” a news release from the Lynchburg Police Department states. “Also, investigators have not received any information that would lead them to believe that the public is in any immediate danger as related to the circumstances in this case.”

Investigators are following up on numerous leads, conducting interviews, collecting evidence, and searching areas around the Concord Turnpike.Gilbert's car was found abandoned Friday on Concord Turnpike. The car appeared to have been in an accident. She was reported missing Sunday.

WDBJ7's Tim Saunders talked to Norma Gilbert-Eldridge, Jamisha Gilbert's mom, on Thursday. Gilbert-Eldridge said that Jamisha's boyfriend was driving her car at the time of the accident.

Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday investigators started breaking down the crime scene where Gilbert's body was found.

Here is the news release from the Lynchburg Police Department:

This is an update regarding the missing person investigation involving Jamisha Gilbert of Lynchburg.

The Roanoke Medical Examiner’s office has positively identified the deceased female located in the area of Concord Turnpike and Rt. 460 as being the missing female from Lynchburg, Jamisha Gilbert.

No further information to release at this time.  


Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

A woman's body was found Wednesday morning in the area where missing Lynchburg teenager Jamisha Gilbert was last seen.

Investigators have not released the woman's name. The body was found around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in a heavily wooded area next to Pleasant Valley Road. That's about a mile from where Gilbert, 18, was last seen on Concord Turnpike on Friday morning.

Lieutenant Dave Gearhart of the Lynchburg Police Department said the body is of a black female. Police won't say if the person they found was Gilbert, but the large-scale search police were conducting to find her is over.

"At this time the area is being treated as a crime scene and is being thoroughly processed by the Lynchburg Police Department and Virginia State Police crime technicians," Gearhart said during a news conference.

Gilbert's car was found wrecked and abandoned at the intersection of Concord Turnpike and Winston Ridge Road on Friday. It’s not clear who was driving the car at the time of the wreck.

The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for identification.

"At this time we are continuing are search efforts in cooperation with crime scene technicians and we are focusing these efforts into smaller geographic areas around the crime scene," Gearhart said.