AUSTIN, Texas (AP/KXAN) — A first-year University of Texas dance student was the victim of a homicide and police are searching for a man seen near the heart of campus, where her body was found.
Campus President Greg Fenves identified the victim Thursday as 18-year-old Haruka Weiser from Portland, Oregon.
Assistant Austin Police Chief Troy Gay says Weiser was seen leaving UT’s drama building around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. She never made it back to her dorm.
Investigators released surveillance video of a man they say is a suspect walking a bike around 11 p.m. Sunday along a nearby street.
Gay would only say that Weiser was assaulted. He didn’t release details.
Weiser was reported missing Monday, and her body was found the following day in a creek near the alumni center and football stadium.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call UT police at 512-471-4441 or APD Homicide Tipline 512-974-5372.
According to KXAN, the university said this was the first homicide on main campus since Charles Whitman opened fire from the UT Tower’s observation deck on Aug. 1, 1966, killing 13 people. In 1996, in UT’s married student housing, which is not located on the main campus, there was a murder-suicide.