On Monday, Aug. 6, Derrill Richard “Rick” Ennis, age 38, was arrested in Pilot, Montgomery County, Virginia, by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, Virginia State SWAT and Montgomery County Virginia SWAT teams on outstanding grand jury indictments for Capital Murder (Burglary) and Capital Murder (Kidnapping).  

The Lee County Grand Jury indictments and subsequent arrest of Ennis stem from the ongoing investigation by Auburn Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Cold Case Unit into the disappearance of Lori Ann Slesinski in June 2006.

On June 13, 2006, a missing person report was filed with Auburn Police after Lori hadn’t been heard from in several days, couldn’t be reached by family members and hadn’t reported to work. A day later on June 14, her vehicle, a 2005 Mazda Tribute, was discovered engulfed in flames at the dead end of DeKalb Street. Ennis, who was an acquaintance at the time, became a person of interest in the case. After being questioned by police, he abruptly moved from Auburn.  

The Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Cold Case Unit and the Lee County District Attorney’s Office initiated a collaborative effort in April 2017 resulting in a determination that Lori was murdered by Ennis. He was indicted on Aug. 2, 2018, by a Lee County Grand Jury on two counts of Capital Murder. 

Ennis was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force assisted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Virginia State Police, the Montgomery and Pittsylvania County Virginia sheriff’s offices as well as the city police departments of Blacksburg, Christianburg and Radford, Virginia.      

Ennis remains in custody without bond in the Montgomery County Virginia Jail, pending extradition to Auburn, Alabama, to face two Capital Murder charges.

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