Westmoreland woman goes missing, Tappahannock man arrested for murder

A 20-year-old Tappahannock man who was wanted for 1st degree murder was arrested at a convenience store in Tappahannock.

Kearrah T. Chappell, a 21-year-old Westmoreland woman was reported missing on April 1st. The last sighting of her was around 9 p.m. that day at her home, according to information from Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Wednesday night, around 11:15 p.m., a body matching her description was found in the 300 block of Welford’s Wharf Rd. in Richmond County, which neighbors Westmoreland, announced Richmond County Sheriff Stephan Smith.

Kaleb Xavier Robinson was deemed wanted and police departments across the region publicized his photo with the warning that he was “considered armed and dangerous.” Anyone who saw him was advised, ‘do not approach,” and urged to call police.

According to Sheriff Smith, around 1 p.m. today, April 4, officers from Essex County and Tappahannock PD spotted a vehicle Robinson was riding in and he was arrested “without incident” at Sheetz in Tappahannock.

Robinson in custody (RCSO)

Officers from Richmond County have transported him back to Richmond County. As of today, no bail was set and he will be detained at Northern Neck Regional Jail.

The body believed to be Chappell has been sent to the medical examiner’s office for positive identification, Smith said.

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