July 23, 2018

Critically missing adult alert issued for 19-year-old believed to have been abducted

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Virginia State Police issued an  Alert for a missing 19-year-old woman

Megan Lorraine Metzger, 19,  was last seen on the 17th of July 2018 in Pamplin, Virginia. Authorities believe she may have been abducted and in danger since the car she was driving was found burnt, as revealed in a post on the Virginia State Police official Twitter.

The white 2004 Mazda 4-door sedan was registered to a Metzger family member and was found a short time later completely destroyed.

The cause of the fire was clearly arson, but no body was found inside and Police believe that Metzger may still be alive.


Metzger was described as having blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5'5 tall and weighs 150 pounds. VSP describe her one distinguishing mark as a 5-inch scar on her right arm, police said


"The incident remains under investigation and the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office is working with the Virginia State Police to locate a 19-year-old Pamplin woman who has been reported missing,"

Virginia Police, Twitter, 20th of July

In a startling development to the case, Juan Benavidez II, a 19-year-old man was arrested on the morning of the 20th of July 2018, suspected of arson.

Benavidez has been charged with felony arson of a vehicle. He came to the attention of authorities when he was heard boasting that he had killed someone, and he was going to dump body parts inside a car, then set it on fire.


Read more about Megan Lorraine Metzger's abduction on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.


A tip from two farmers led Police to a farm near Winter Harbor Road belonging to Javier Medina who reported having seen his brother-in-law, Benavidez, run barefoot, and bloodied into the woods on his farm.

Benavidez is in custody but has yet to provide any information with regard to  Metzger's whereabouts or welfare.

Anyone who recalls seeing Megan Metzger or Juan Benavidez; or has any information about the white, 2004 Mazda 4-door sedan in Spotsylvania, King George or Westmoreland counties is encouraged to call 911 or Westmoreland County Master Detective Jones at 804-493-8066.