Missing woman’s burned vehicle found, man arrested for arson

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Va. -- A 19-year-old King George man was arrested Friday morning after a missing 19-year-old woman's burned out car was discovered in Westmoreland County.

Juan Benavidez II, 19, has been charged with felony arson of a vehicle.

"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," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. "State Police issued a Critically Missing Adult Alert Thursday for Megan Lorraine Metzger."

Juan Benavidez II

Juan Benavidez II

Metzger was described as a white female, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She stands 5'5, weighs 150 pounds, and has a 5-inch scar on her right arm, police said. She was last seen July 17.

The King George County Sheriff's Office issued a Be On the Lookout alert for Benavidez at 10:52 a.m. Thursday.

"State police are especially focusing on the connection between Miss Metzger and the white 2004 Mazda 4-door compact sedan that was found Thursday in Westmoreland County," officials said. "The vehicle had been set fire and Juan Benavidez II, 19, of King George, Va., has been charged with the vehicle arson. The registered owner of the Mazda is Miss Metzger. Benavidez and Megan are acquaintances."

 

Megan Lorraine Metzger.

Megan Lorraine Metzger.

Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett that Benavidez told several people he killed someone, and he was going to dump body parts inside of a car, then set the car on fire.

Those sources said no body parts were located inside of the burned vehicle.

A tip from two farmers led law enforcement to a farm near Winter Harbor Road. Javier Medina said his brother-in-law watched Benavidez run, barefoot, bloodied and muddied, into the woods on his farm.

The ground search for Benavidez was suspended around 10:15 p.m. Thursday.

Virginia State Police, Westmoreland Sheriff deputies are heading the investigation with assistance from the King George Sheriff's Office, Virginia Conservation Police and the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and video here.

Anyone with information about Megan Meztger or Benavidez or recalls seeing a 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 or Virginia State Police in reference to the the missing person case at 804-553-3445.