Man pleads guilty to murdering, hiding body of 23-year-old Middlesex Co. mother-of-two


MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — The 24-year-old man accused of murdering a 23-year-old woman and then hiding her body in a wooded area near her home last year pleaded guilty to the charges.

According to court records, Alvin Bernard Keyser of Topping entered a guilty plea for second-degree murder and concealment of a dead body on Wednesday in the Middlesex County Circuit Court, both of which are felony charges. 

Keyser was charged in March of 2018 after he told detectives with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office that he strangled TerriLynn St. John after an argument outside her home and then dumped her body in the woods. 

St. John was reported missing on February 28, 2018 after her father told deputies she had not shown up for work that day. Her two young children were found alone inside her home, uninjured. When investigators searched her home, they found St. John’s shoes, broken jewelry and cellphone in her yard, according to her sister, Maggie.

They also found a broken necklace, which they believe was a man’s, and car tracks in the grass, leading them to believe her disappearance was suspcious. 

St. John’s body was found the next day, about one mile from her home on Mill Wharf Road in Wake, Virginia. 

Detectives said Keyser and St. John knew each other prior to her murder. No one else was charged in relation to her murder and officers say they have no reason to believe anyone else was involved.

Keyser’s sentencing is scheduled for July 17.

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