After more than two decades and the scrutiny of more than 10,000 leads, Virginia State Police say they are still hopeful investigators will solve the case of Alicia Showalter Reynolds and the "Route 29 Stalker."
Reynolds, 25, vanished March 2, 1996, as she drove from Baltimore to Charlottesville to shop with her mother. Police determined she was a victim of a man who stopped, or tried to stop, nearly two dozen female drivers between February and March of that year by blowing his horn and flashing his lights. All of the incidents were between Manassas and Charlottesville.
One victim was a Quantico woman who stopped for a man in a small blue truck along Va. 234 near Dumfries. After getting into the man’s truck and driving a short distance, he attacked and threatened her with a screwdriver. She jumped out the passenger’s door to escape, breaking her leg.
Alicia Reynolds was not as fortunate. She was last seen along U.S. 29, her Mercury Tracer pulled to the side of the road with its hood up and a dark truck parked behind.
Her car was found abandoned later that same day in Culpeper County. Two months later, in May, her body was found in a logging camp in the Lignum area. Investigators never determined how she died.
Witnesses described the man seen with Reynolds the day she vanished as white, about 35 to 45 years old, with a medium build and light to medium brown hair. He was about 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall and was driving a dark-colored pickup, possibly a green Nissan.
Anyone with information about the abduction and murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds is asked to contact state police at 1-800-572-2260, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 888-300-0156 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org