University of Mary Washington student found dead, suspect charged

A University of Mary Washington student is charged with first degree murder and abduction after the death of a fellow student.

Two female roommates found 20-year-old Grace Rebecca Mann unconscious at her home on Washington Avenue in Fredericksburg around 3 p.m. Friday, police said. One of the roommates performed CPR and the victim was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

After a two hour search, Steven Vander Briel, also a roommate of the victim, was arrested. Police said he was at the home when the other roommates discovered Mann, but he fled the scene before police showed up.

Briel is being held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, police said.

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