UPDATE: Man Linked to Alb. Co. Teen's Disappearance in Court


Johnathan Messer, the man linked to the overnight disappearance of an Albemarle Co. teen and is charged with child porn, has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Johnathan Lee Messer

Jan. 6, 2014

UPDATE: Johnathan Messer has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

He is due back in court in February.


A man linked to the overnight disappearance of an Albemarle County teen is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

24-year-old Johnathan Messer was arrested in October and charged with four counts of child pornography. Police believe he is connected to the incident that occurred in the Dunlora neighborhood, when a high school student went missing overnight.

The teenage girl went missing near her bus-stop on Friday Oct. 18. Her father found her phone laying outside later that night and called police. The next morning, a neighbor found the teenager walking up Rio Road.

Police have linked Messer to the girl's disappearance. They say it "was not a random act and the parties involved were not unknown to each other."

Messer is currently being held at the Albemarle County Regional Jail without bond.


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