It was an "absolutely heartbreaking" end to the weekly search for a missing student at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta Police Chief Erica Shields said Friday. Alexis Janney Crawford, 21, was found dead.
Investigators believe Crawford's roommate and boyfriend of roommate Jordyn Jones and Baron Bruntley are guilty of Crawford's death, Shields said.
"The case came to one of the saddest conclusions and was absolutely heartbreaking," Shields said during a news conference. "For Alexis's family, our hearts go out to you. I sincerely regret that we could not provide you with a better ending. "
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Although investigators did not release a motive, Crawford was the alleged victim of sexual assault three days before being last seen alive, according to a police report. Brantley is suspected of the Oct. 26 incident, which allegedly happened in the apartment that Crawford shared with Jones while the three were consuming alcohol, the report said.
Three days later, on October 30, Crawford spoke last with his family.
Alexandria Crawford, Alexis' sister, told police she last sent messages around 8:45 a.m. October 30.
What Do You Do For The Weekend? Alexis had sent texts.
"Nothing," replied Alexandria Crawford.
Alexis did not respond to other text messages that evening, her family told police.
Later that evening, Crawford and her roommate went to a liquor store. Jones told police she and Crawford had not spoken after the alleged sexual assault, but Crawford asked Jones to take her to the store. A D&M Package surveillance camera on Ralph David Auburny Boulevard captured what is believed to be the latest photograph of Crawford, according to Atlanta police.
The next morning, Jones said he was leaving for class and Crawford was not in the apartment. On November 1, Crawford's family reported her missing, and Atlanta police launched an investigation.
In the coming days, the Crawford family is praying for her safe return.
"Baby, I love you, honey," her father said in tears during a press conference Monday at Atlanta Police Headquarters. "Just go home, honey." Just go home. "
Instead, one of the suspects led investigators to Crawford's body, found in Decalb County Park near Columbia Drive, Shields said.
In a letter to the Clark Atlanta community, University President George French called Crawford's death" the worst possible news, "and an isolated incident off campus.
" Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and everyone who knew and loved Alexis, "says France in a letter published on social media.
] Sorrow counselors were available, said France.
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