A college golf standout was found dead on a golf course at Iowa State University, and a 22-year-old man has been charged with her murder.
According to the Des Moines Register, police found the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, on Monday after responding to a call about suspicious circumstances found on Coldwater Links golf course. Golfers reportedly spotted an unattended golf bag on Monday morning, and the Iowa State University student’s body was found “some distance away” from the abandoned bag, according to a statement made by police to the newspaper.
Barquin Arozamena, who was born in Spain, was an Iowa State Student Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Big 12 Champion. She was a civil engineering major and volunteered as an ISU ambassador.
She was ranked 69 in a national survey of top U.S. golfers published by Golfweek.
— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) September 18, 2018
On Monday, Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff announced the student’s death in a news conference, in which he warned the public to be on alert and asked for any possible leads.
“The public should be very wary right now,” Huff reportedly said at the news conference. “Right now, all leads are important.”
Early Tuesday morning, police arrest Collin Daniel Richards, 22, and charged him with first-degree murder in connection to Barquin Arozamena’s death.
Collin Daniel Richards has a history of domestic abuse and harassment and has now been charged with the first-degree murder of ISU student Celia Barquin Arozamena.https://t.co/81MJdk5fvA pic.twitter.com/uWj2wESnHU
— Iowa State Daily (@iowastatedaily) September 18, 2018
Police have not released the details of the murder or any possible motive.
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