The University of Mississippi student who was found dead this weekend of an apparent homicide was previously photographed with the since-suspended Ole Miss classmate who is now accused of killing her.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Ally Kostial was found dead on Saturday morning about 30 miles from the Ole Miss campus in Oxford. A sheriff’s deputy on a routine patrol near Sardis Lake found the 21-year-old St. Louis native, who had reportedly been shot eight times.
On Monday, police in Memphis working in cooperation with the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department arrested Brandon Theesfeld, 22, at a gas station there. On Tuesday, Theesfeld was charged with murdering Kostial.
Authorities have released very little information about the investigation, and have not commented on whether Kostial and Theesfeld previously knew each other, or a possible motive for the killing.
Multiple outlets, including the “Today” show and Fox 2 St. Louis, obtained social media photos of Kostial and Theesfeld, reportedly taken at Ole Miss parties dating back to 2016. The New York Post also reportedly received two black-and-white photos, included in this story, from a source who did not want to be identified. According to the New York Post report, the unnamed source said that both the black-and-white photos were taken from Facebook, and both were posted on December 21, 2016.
In one of the black-and-white photos, Kostial and Theesfeld appear to be at an event with a Hawaiian theme. They appear in similar outfits in another social media photo that was obtained by Fox 2 St. Louis.
Multiple sources, including current Ole Miss students, have told CrimeOnline that Kostial and Theesfeld knew each other.
According to the Fox 2 St. Louis report, Theesfeld and Kostial were seen on surveillance footage at a convenience store hours before she was found murdered. CrimeOnline is working to confirm the location of the store, and will update this story when more information is available.
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