CLIFTON FORGE, VA. (AP) -- A North Carolina man who was found with a woman's body in his trunk in Virginia will return to the Outer Banks to face a murder charge.

Enrico Luciano Mascaro, 19, of Nags Head, N.C., waived extradition during a brief court appearance Tuesday in Alleghany County General District Court.

Authorities have yet to identify the woman whose body was found in Mascaro's trunk on Friday or reveal how she died. A nationwide alert was issued that day for Mascaro and 18-year-old Danielle Dennis-Towne of Steger, Ill., who authorities said was visiting Mascaro's family.

Mascaro made no statements during Tuesday's hearing. He made brief eye contact with his parents as he entered and left the courtroom, The Virginian Review of Covington reported.

Mascaro's parents traveled from North Carolina for the hearing, said Stephen Wills, Mascaro's court-appointed defense attorney. They did not talk with the news media as they quickly exited the courthouse holding hands.

Mascaro is being held without bond at the Alleghany Regionl Jail in Covington.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ann Gardner said North Carolina authorities would likely begin the trip to Covington on Tuesday.

'I think they are probably going to come as soon as possible,' Gardner said.

A message for Kitty Hawk Police Chief David Ward was not immediately returned.

Police in Kitty Hawk, N.C. - about 10 miles from Mascaro's home in Nags Head - issued the alert after a call from a tipster reporting items in a wooded area that were traced to the pair. Police have declined to specify what items had been found, but said they led police to believe that the two needed to be found immediately.

Mascaro's family had reported the pair missing after last seeing them on Thursday.

Authorities in Clifton Forge arrested Mascaro on Friday after tracking him to a 1996 Ford Mustang. Investigators said they later found a woman's body in the trunk.

Dennis-Towne's family told the AP on Monday that she was an active member of her high school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps before graduating this year. She was headed to Ripon College in Wisconsin to study engineering and hoped to join the military, said her grandmother, Geraldine Dinnis of Beecher, Ill.

Police said Mascaro and Dennis-Towne became friends when his family lived in Illinois.

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