Sharing memories of Alexis

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Date: 2009-01-10

Kipp Hanley

Until recently, Manassas resident Jonah Seaman thought Alexis Glover was a typical young teenager, not a 13-year-old with health issues including severe autism and sickle cell anemia.

"I'd see her out back on the trampoline with her friends," said Seaman, who lives two doors down from the girl on Sunset Drive.

Seaman said she and her friends even came over one day and petted his terrier, Cleo.

But a week ago, while hanging with his buddies in his basement, he gained firsthand knowledge of her condition. Alexis—who wore wristband with a radio transmitter that tracked her—had come through his unlocked door and lay down in his living room, unbeknownst to Seaman.

He discovered her after getting a call from the Prince William County Sheriff's Office stating that Alexis' wristband was emitting signals from his property. The wristband was put in place by the office's Project Rescue program after Alexis had run away on several occasions.

"I saw that she was scared in my living room when the sheriff's came in," Seaman said. "She was terrified, hiding underneath my Christmas tree."

Alexis' life came to an end last week. County police discovered her body in a shallow creek near the McCoart Administration Building on Friday. Her bracelet was found Wednesday on Woodhue Court near Manassas Drive, and she was last seen at noon that day at Central Library in Manassas.

On Saturday, officers distributed flyers in the neighborhood adjacent to where the body was found, asking individuals for any information regarding her death. The results of the autopsy have not been released, although county police Chief Charlie T. Deane stated the child was likely murdered.

Police investigators were at the Glover residence on Saturday afternoon for routine questioning.  Alexis' mother, Freedia, as well as several of her neighbors, refused to comment for this story.

According to Detective Patricia Sullins, who was at the Glovers' Saturday, funeral arrangements are still being finalized. Seaman, who also knew Freedia's older son Andre, called the situation "horrible" and a "total tragedy."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700 or 1-866-411-TIPS. You don't have to give your name just the information and could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.

Staff writer Kipp Hanley can be reached at 703-878-8062.


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