UPDATED THURSDAY 4:10 pm –Lynchburg Police say there is no evidence right now to suggest the death of 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert is connected to the disappearance four months agao of Alexis Murphy, another young black woman. Murphy was last seen at a Lovingston convenience store August 3rd. Lynchburg Police also say “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 [the Gilbert] case.” Police said earlier today the body found in woods yesterday near Concord Turnpike and Pleasant Valley Road is positively identified as Jamisha Gilbert.
UPDATED: Thursday 12:00 pm — Lynchburg Police say the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s office has positively identified the body found yesterday as that of Jamisha Gilbert. They are not releasing further for now on the circumstances surrounding her death.
Lynchburg Police say they found the body of a black woman Wednesday, but they have not positively linked the discovery to 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert’s disappearance. Police search teams were going through a heavily wooded area between Concord Turnpike and Pleasant Valley Road when they discovered the body. Lynchburg Police Lieutenant David Gearhart indicated police believe foul play is involved, treating the area as an active crime scene and continuing to search the area for more physical evidence. Jamisha Gilbert was last seen early Friday morning. The state medical examiners office in Roanoke will determine if the body found is hers.