TAYLOR MARIE BEHL

BIRTH: October 13, 1987

DEATH: September 5, 2005

Taylor Marie Behl ~ Age 17

Taylor, 17, went missing after leaving her college dorm and telling her roommate she would be back within an hour. She never returned. A month later her body was found in a shallow grave. She was murdered by someone that was a friend of hers on MySpace. It was the first time Indiana State Police narrowed down their suspect pool using a MySpace friends list. Cohen said that Ben Fawley’s Internet footprint eventually led police to Behl’s body.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2005, Fawley, against his attorney’s advice, spoke to police investigators. Fawley reportedly admitted to being with Behl the night of September 5, 2005 and into the early morning hours of September 6, 2005. He allegedly said that Behl died accidentally during a consensual sex act (likely erotic asphyxiation) with him in her car at Mathews County, Virginia. He claimed he then panicked and dumped her unburied body in a shallow ravine.

On Wednesday, August 9, 2006, Benjamin Fawley’s plead guilty to second degree murder and he was sentenced to thirty years in prison. Fawley entered an Alford plea. An Alford plea is an agreement that you’re not pleading guilty of the crime but acknowledging that the state has enough evidence to convict you if it’s taken to trial.

OTHER LINKS:

Police Say Taylor Marie Behl Possible Abducted

Medical Examiner’s Office releases Taylor Marie Behl’s Body to her Family

Taylor Marie Behl : 11 Days Missing

Investigators Find Body in VA Woods; Feared to be Taylor Behl

Ben Fawley: Very Troubled Waters

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