Real Name: Alicia Faye Showalter Reynolds
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Culpeper, Virginia
Date: March 2, 1996
Details: At around 7:30am on Saturday, March 2, 1996, Alicia Showalter Reynolds of Baltimore, Maryland said goodbye to her husband, Mark, and left to drive more than 150 miles to spend the day shopping with her mother, Sadie, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She left early so she would have plenty of time to meet Sadie at the mall at 10:30am; however, she never arrived. Sadie waited for her for over an hour. When she still didn't arrive, Sadie called Mark. He said that she may have been delayed due to weather conditions. Sadie waited for several hours, but eventually left. At around 6pm, fifty miles away, Alicia's car was found along a highway near Culpeper, Virginia; a napkin was on the windshield indicating that she had car trouble, though an inspection determined nothing was wrong with it.
The next day, police set up a road block and talked to witnesses who said they had seen Alicia along Route 29 talking to a man with a blue pickup truck on the side of the road. Police later found out that at least twenty women came forward claiming that while driving along Route 29, an unidentified man had tried to get them to pull over. He would get their attention by honking his horn, flashing his lights, and yelling at them, saying that there was something wrong with their car. Some of them pulled over, and he took them to a pay phone without incident. Others claimed that when they ignored him he became furious and later drove away.
One week before Alicia's disappearance, a woman told police that she was driving home when a man approached her. He claimed that there were problems with her car and offered her a ride, which she accepted. A few minutes later, he began attacking her, but she was able to escape his truck, breaking her ankle in the process. Police now believe that he was a serial killer perfecting his future attacks on women and was most likely the same one that Alicia encountered.
On May 7, two months after Alicia's disappearance, her body was found in a wooded area fifteen miles southeast of where she had vanished. Although the cause of death has not been released, investigators noted that she had been murdered, probably on the day she vanished. They believe her killer could be repeating this same scenario elsewhere. He has never been identified and this case remains unsolved.
Suspects: The unidentified man is described as thirty-five to forty years old (in 1996), 5'10" to 6'0" tall, with a medium build and reddish brown hair. He may use the name Larry Breeden. Witnesses noticed that he tended to brush his hair back frequently with his left hand. He has used several vehicles, including a dark Nissan pickup truck. He is believed to have started his "rehearsals" in February 1996.
Several men named "Larry Breeden" have been questioned, but all have been ruled out.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 15, 1996 episode. It was also profiled on America's Most Wanted.
Results: Unsolved. A Maryland man named Darrell Rice was later identified as a person of interest in this case. He served time in jail for trying to kidnap a female bicyclist around the time of Alicia's disappearance. His father lived in the area of Route 29 and drove a type of pickup truck similar to that of the Route 29 Stalker. He was charged with the attack on the woman who broke her ankle while escaping from the Route 29 Stalker. She identified him as her attacker. He was given eleven months in jail after pleading to lesser charges. He is also the prime suspect in the deaths of two female hikers, Julianne Marie Williams and Laura Winans, who were killed weeks after Alicia's disappearance.
Known serial killer Richard Marc Evonitz is also suspected in Alicia's murder, but a forensic investigation was never conducted. He killed himself while being chased by police in 2002. Police have fingerprints and hairs that they believe belong to Alicia's killer. However, no matches have been made to date.
Alicia's family established a scholarship in her name for women that are hoping to go into science fields.
- Alicia Showalter Reynolds on Unsolved.com
- City Native Disappears Near Culpeper - March 4, 1996
- Authorities Hint Traits Of Suspect - Most Wanted to Spotlight Reynolds Disappearance - March 13, 1996
- Disappearance Case Widens - Authorities Think More Incidents Related to Reynolds Probe - March 23, 1996
- Missing City Woman in Thoughts, Prayers - May 2, 1996
- Culpeper body is that of Maryland woman - May 9, 1996
- 'It's an end to wondering' her fate - Discover of body clears up mystery for grieving family - May 9, 1996
- Fingerprints found in Reynolds case - June 8, 1996
- Police Probe Incident Link to Reynolds Case - June 15, 1996
- TV Show to Air a Segment on Reynolds Slaying - November 12, 1996
- Their name linked to stalker, Larry Breedens bear a burden - November 16, 1996
- Scholarship to Honor Slain City Woman - December 19, 1996
- From Murder, Hope and Help For Others - June 21, 2000
- Reynolds Murder in Spotlight - April 12, 2002
- Route 29 Stalker Case: Defense Seeking DNA Test on Hair - March 9, 2005
- Abduction Victim Testifies, But With Contradictions - August 24, 2005
- Cold Case? Alicia Showalter Reynolds and the fall and rise of Darrell Rice - May 17, 2007
- Murder in the Park: Rice release revives memories - May 24, 2007
- Alicia Reynolds Route 29 Murder Case Still Unsolved - May 12, 2014
- Twenty years later, Alicia Showalter Reynolds slaying still unsolved - March 3, 2016
- Who killed Alicia Reynolds? Police seek leads in cold case mystery - March 2, 2017
- Police still hoping for leads in 1996 murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds - March 5, 2019
- Alicia Showalter Reynolds on Find a Grave