A person has been arrested in connection to the demise of a 22-year-old nursing pupil.

The physique of Laken Riley was discovered on College of Georgia’s Intramural Fields round midday Thursday. Officers stated the physique was discovered after one among her mates known as 911 to report that she hadn’t come house from a jog.

Throughout a press convention Friday, Chief Jeff Clark introduced that 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra of Venezuela was recognized as a suspect within the crime. Though the motive remains to be unclear, Clark stated that campus safety cameras helped investigators determine Ibarra as Riley’s killer.

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“He didn’t know her in any respect. I feel this was a criminal offense of alternative,” stated Clark.

In line with authorities, Ibarra moved to Athens from Venezuela. Clark confirmed that he’s not a U.S. citizen and doesn’t know when Ibarra arrived in Athens.

“He didn’t attend faculty on the College of Georgia,” stated Clark. “This was a person who wakened with dangerous intentions that day.”

Clark added that Riley and Ibarra didn’t know one another.

On Saturday, Ibarra was denied bond.


In line with an incident report, an officer discovered her within the woods, overwhelmed to demise half-hour after once they consider the homicide happened.

Twenty-four hours later, federal, state and metropolis investigators had been looking an house at a posh lower than two miles from that crime scene, the place they in the end arrested Ibarra.

“The proof suggests this was a solo act,” stated Clark. “We took three or 4 individuals into custody. Nonetheless, we’re solely going to arrest one.”

Authorities haven’t stated who the opposite two people who had been detained are.

Ibarra faces costs of malice homicide, felony homicide, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 name and concealing the demise of one other.

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