Cumberland homicide suspect apprehended; Cumberland woman still missing

Published 1:40 pm Saturday, May 25, 2019

A suspect in the murder of a Cumberland County man was apprehended in North Carolina following a late Friday night pursuit, but the Cumberland woman connected to the case remains missing, according to a Saturday morning press release from the Virginia State Police (VSP).

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received word early Saturday morning from North Carolina authorities that they had George W. Knisley IV, of Carroll County, Maryland, in custody, the VSP release stated. Knisley was wanted for the murder of a Cumberland County man and for questioning in the disappearance of a Cumberland County woman. With the assistance of the VSP, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is actively following up on leads related to the disappearance of the woman.

Officials in the release noted that late Friday evening, Knisley is suspected of having stolen a third vehicle in North Carolina. Later that night, he was involved in a pursuit with Raleigh, North Carolina, police. Raleigh police took Knisley into custody, and he is being held on a first-degree murder charge from Cumberland. Additional charges are pending.

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At the request of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the VSP on Friday issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert activation for Amy Renee Fabian, 43, of Cumberland, the release cited. Even though Knisley is now in custody, the search continues for Fabian. The alert also remains active.

Fabian has brown eyes and brown hair, officials stated. She is 5 feet, 8 inches in height and weighs 124 pounds.

The release explained that the incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. Friday when the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a homicide occurring at a residence in the 200 block of Mount Airy Lane. Upon law enforcement arriving at the location, an adult male was found deceased inside Fabian’s residence. Fabian was not there and has not been seen since.

Knisley is believed to have left Fabian’s residence on Mount Airy Lane driving a white 2002 Ford F350 work truck, which was reported stolen out of Maryland on Thursday, officials said in the release. The truck is white with “Alleghany Industries” displayed on the side and has a license plate of “22L 231.”

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to please keep an eye out for this now-abandoned truck, the release highlighted.

During the course of the investigation into the Cumberland homicide, the South Hill Police Department received a 911 call at about 6:30 a.m. Friday from a woman who was walking out to her car at her residence and encountered a male subject, officials cited in the release. The male, who fit Knisley’s description, threatened the woman at gunpoint and stole her 2013 Honda Civic. The man drove off in the Honda Civic. The woman was not injured.

The release noted that the 2013 Honda Civic is white and has a Virginia license “LAR 64.”

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information about the whereabouts of Fabian and/or either of the stolen vehicles to call 911 or (804) 492-4120 or the state police at #77, officials said in the release.