17-Year-Old Arrested in Connection with the Slaying of University of Texas Freshman
Haruka Weiser, 18, was last seen Sunday night before being reported missing on Monday. Her body was discovered near a creek on Tuesday. No weapon was recovered at the scene.
The Austin Police Department tweeted the news on Friday morning that an arrested has been made:
A suspect is in custody in connection with the murder of UT student Haruka Weiser. Press conference at 10:30am: https://t.co/3zTNZzUwjC— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) April 8, 2016
It is unclear if the suspect in custody is a fellow classmate of Weiser at the university.
Earlier this week, surveillance video has surfaced of a man with a bicycle police say they want to interview about Weiser’s murder.
A university spokesman says the freshman was murdered with "unthinkable brutality"
Weiser was last seen Sunday night and lived at a dorm on campus.
University president Greg Fenves said in a statement: “The University of Texas is a community, it is a family. When a tragedy like this occurs on our campus, in our home we have to come together and watch out for each other and support each other while the investigation is ongoing,"
The grisly discovery has sent a wave of terror across the campus of 51,000 students. Female students have been told to be extra vigilant and not to wear ear buds while walking and always walk in pairs.
Weiser was from Portland, Oregon, and was studying theater and dance.