UT-Austin campus on alert after female learner found deceased in creek

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:49 PM

Haruka Weiser'south death is being investigated as a homicide, though officials haven't yet released a cause of death.

UT-Austin campus on alert after female learner found deceased in creek

The woman found deceased in a creek on Tuesday at the Univ of TX at Austin was a first-year Theatre and Dance learner recruited to the college from Portland, Univ President Gregory Fenves said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Haruka Weiser'south death is being investigated as a homicide, though officials haven't yet released a cause of death. Her body was found in a creek on campus close the alumni middle and the football stadium.

Weiser was first reported lost on Monday morning and officials
began searching for, according to the statement. A day later they found Weiser, apparently the victim of a "horrifying and incomprehensible crime," Fenves wrote.

"The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our all family," Fenves wrote. "Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice."

It'south unclear whether authorities have identified a suspect. An Austin police spokeswoman said investigators weren't prepared to release extra information and the TX Dept of Public Safety didn't immediately reply to messages seeking comment.

Fenves said Weiser was trained in ballet and was involved in a student-run organization for dancers, Dance Action. She also performed at a fall concert.

"Haruka was a beloved member of our dance community, liked and admired by her classmates and respected by professors for her intelligence and spirit," Fenves wrote.

Additional officers and police vehicles were spotted on campus, according to The Daily Texan, and the Univ has increased the no of van shuttles for students. A program where volunteers walk with students, SURE Walk, has reported a four hundred % expand in users since the woman’s body was discovered.

“I have spoken with campus public safety leaders and am writing to convince you that we're doing everything possible to ensure safety on campus,” Fenves said in an earlier statement to students.

Tuesday’s discovery came just three days after police were called to the campus for a suspected burglary and sexual assault of a student, according to The Dallas Morning News. Police believe the learner knew the suspect, who's not been named, in that case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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