Sad ending to this young life. This is why you know how to fight. Parents, do your kids a favor and enroll them in jiu-jitsu.
The identity of the student found dead in a creek on University of Texas at Austin campus Tuesday has been released and police are now hunting for the chief suspect.
Haruka Weiser, 18, from Portland, Oregon was a first year theater and dance student at the university.
Weiser was reported missing on Monday morning by fellow roommates, said Austin Police Assistant Chief Troy Gay, speaking at a press conference Thursday.
She had been walking back to her dorm from the drama building on campus when she was assaulted then killed, said Gay, but would not elaborate on what kind of assault she suffered.
An autopsy has confirmed death by homicide but police have not said how she was killed.
A chief suspect has been identified as a black male, 6 ft tall who was caught on CCTV at 11pm Sunday night riding a red or pink woman’s bike.
A $15, 000 reward is being offered for information that would lead to an arrest.
Her body was found just after 10.46 am Tuesday morning.
Speaking at a press conference at 1 pm local time Thursday, Gay described the series of events that lead to the horrific incident.
He said: ‘On Sunday night April 3 between 9.30 pm and 9.45 pm Haruka was seen leaving the drama building at the UT campus.
‘She had communication with friends and we are confident we knew the direction she traveled back to her dormitory.
‘But she never made it to her dorm. Her roommate called Texas PD to report her missing on Monday at 11.30 am.
‘The PD then did everything they could to locate her – speaking to roommates and going through the necessary procedures.
‘On Tuesday morning the PD conducted a more thorough search and found her remains in the creek.
‘As is was seen as a suspicious death from the off – we called Austin Police dept for assistance.’
While a suspect has not yet been found, the person of interest has been identified as a black male, approximately 6 ft tall.
The suspect was in the area on the fateful day for several hours before incident took place, said Gay.
The Assistant Chief showed video footage at the conference, which revealed CCTV of young man on a bicycle, described as a woman’s bike in red or pink.
She was assaulted sometime before 10 pm Sunday on the University campus, near the theater and the chief suspect was seen on CCTV little after 11 pm.
No weapon has been recovered. Austin Police Department are now leading the investigation.
Her family released a statement at the presser Thursday, which was read out by UT President Gregory L. Fenves: ‘Our beloved daughter and sister and friend was taken from us too soon.’
The statement said how Weiser was looking forward to visiting family in Japan that summer and was a passionate and dedicated dancer and student – and was very happy to be at UT.