A student at the University of Mississippi who was found dead 20 miles from campus this weekend was reportedly shot eight times.
Law enforcement sources reportedly told WLBT-3 that a Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy who was on a routine patrol Saturday morning found the body of 21-year-old Ally Kostial, who had last been seen on Friday night. The deputy was patrolling Buford’s Ridge, a remote area about 20 miles from the Oxford campus. The area has a lake that is reportedly popular among students and locals who often visit to to ride ATV’s in the lake during times of low water levels.
The sources reportedly said that the lake did not appear to get many visitors this weekend as the water levels were high. It is unclear exactly where in proximity to the lake Kostial’s body was found, but the report states she was shot eight times.
It is also unclear from the WLBT-3 report what specific sources provided the information, and the report states that the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department refused to speak about details of the case, including “information that had already been released.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the sheriff’s department said on Monday that it would not be releasing specifics about the apparent homicide during the active investigation.
According to WLBT-3, Kostial was seen on surveillance video at an unnamed bar on Friday night, but the footage shows that she turned around at the bar’s entrance and did not go in. Kostial’s roommates reportedly said she arrived home at about midnight Friday, but appears to have left again. No one who was interviewed for the report appears to know why she left or where she went. The report also states that Kostial’s roommates did not hear her leave.
Kostial’s father said in a Facebook post confirming his daughter’s tragic death that Ally was taking summer courses and teaching fitness classes. A possible motive for the murder remains unknown. According to NBC News, a fellow student posted on Facebook that she was in the Alpha Phi sorority with Ally.
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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