Thursday , June 29 2017

Body of UT Austin Student Found in Creek Identified as Fine Arts Major

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — The body of a woman found in a creek on the University of Texas at Austin campus has been identified as Haruka Weiser, a first-year theater and dance student, university president Gregory L. Fenves said Thursday in a statement.

Fenves called Weiser's death a "tragic loss for the UT community." She was "liked and admired by her classmates and respected by professors for her intelligence and spirit,” he said.

The fine arts student was a Portland, Oregon, native trained in ballet, Fenves said.

Weiser's body was found Tuesday morning in a creek behind the campus' alumni center, Fenves said that day. She was initially listed as missing Monday morning. Austin police are treating her death as a homicide.

"The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family,” Fenves said. "Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice."

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