Hailing from Hyderabad Ruth George was strangulated, police say.
Ruth George, an Indian American student at University of Chicago in Illinois was found unresponsive in the backseat her car parked inside the university garage on Saturday.
The 19-year-old student originally hailing from Hyderabad, India, was reported missing by her family at about 11.00 am on Saturday after she was not seen or heard since Friday night.
The police were able to track her to the university parking garage through her cell phone about 15 minutes later.
According to the police George had entered the parking lot alone at about 1.30 am. She was followed by an adult male in the garage. The police have detained the adult male for interrogation. His identity has not been revealed, but he is reportedly not affiliated with the university.
An autopsy was conducted on Sunday noon and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said that she was strangulated.
George from Naperville, Illinois was a sophomore at the university and studied kinesiology. She had graduated from Naperville High School in 2018.
She lived with her family in Berwyn, Illinois. The George family had been living in Illinois for a long time. Ruth’s mom Vinaya George works at Edward Hines Hospital.
“It is very difficult to find words that can express the sadness our entire community experiences today following the news of the tragic death of a 19-year-old undergraduate student,” Michael D Amiridis, UIC Chancellor said in a statement released after George’s death.
“We offer our sincere condolences to the student’s family and friends and I know that all of us have them in our hearts as they struggle with this devastating loss,” he said.
“During this very difficult time,” Amiridis encouraged students “to lean on each other for support and to reach out to the many available services on campus if you need to.”
“As the UIC Police Department is working together with city and federal law enforcement agencies in their investigation,” Amiridis said he wanted “to remind everyone of the importance of following some simple safety tips such as be aware of your surroundings, walk in groups, use the UIC SAFE mobile safety app and to encourage you to look out for each other.”
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