Missing Clark Atlanta University student found dead

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ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a missing Clark Atlanta University student has been found dead.

Atlanta police Chief Erika Shields said at a news conference that the body of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford was found Friday at a park in DeKalb County.

Shields says investigators are securing arrest warrants for Crawford’s friend and roommate, 21-year-old Jordan Jones, and Jones’ boyfriend, 21-year-old Baron Brantley. She says one of the suspects led investigators to where Crawford’s body was found.

Shields says a motive has not been clearly established but notes that Crawford filed a police report on Oct. 27 describing “unwanted kissing and touching” by Brantley.

Crawford was reported missing Nov. 1.

The police chief says the case has come to “one of the saddest conclusions possible” and Shields apologized to the family.

“The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking,” Shields said. “To Alexis’ family, our hearts go out to you. I am so truly sorry that we could not provide you with a better ending.”

No details were released on a possible cause of death.

The family of 21-year-old Alexis Crawford had not heard from Crawford since Oct. 30th.

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She was last seen by her roommate that night.

The roommate said that Crawford wasn’t in their off-campus apartment the next morning, but the front door was locked with a deadbolt.

Her keys and phone charger were both inside the apartment, but her iPhone, ID and debit card were missing.

In a letter to the Clark Atlanta community, university President George French called Crawford’s death “the worst possible news.”

“Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and with everyone who knew and loved Alexis,” French said in the letter, posted on social media.

Grief counselors will be made available, French said.

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This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of the suspects’ names

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