A missing Georgia college student who vanished on Valentine’s Day was found dead Tuesday and her boyfriend has been arrested on a separate charge.
Anitra Gunn, 23, was last seen alive on Friday at about 11:30 a.m. on a road where both her boyfriend and his aunt lived, according to the Fort Valley Department of Public Health. Gunn's car was discovered Saturday in a yard a few blocks from her apartment, located about eight minutes away from where she was last seen. The front bumper of the vehicle had been ripped off.
Gunn’s body was found Tuesday afternoon near the Peach County-Crawford County line under branches and leaves, Fox 5 Atlanta reports. The body was positively identified as Gunn on Wednesday morning. It’s not yet clear how she died.
The missing bumper of Gunn's car was found first, about 150 yards off a rural road, which led to the discovery of Gunn, Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Gunn was found "laying very close to part of that front bumper," he said.
While it's unclear how the bumper was ripped off or by whom, her boyfriend previously has been accused of doing damage to Gunn's car.
DeMarcus Little, 23, was arrested and charged Tuesday with criminal damage to property for an Feb. 5 incident in which “Anitra Gunn was the victim,” the department of public health stated.
“In this incident the windows were smashed at her apartment and tires were slashed on her vehicle,” authorities alleged, adding that “more charges may be forthcoming.”
Deese said Tuesday that a car belonging to Little has been towed in connection with the investigation, according to 12WMAZ in Macon, Georgia.
It’s not clear if Little has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. A bond has not yet been set for him.
Gunn’s father, Christopher Gunn, told local outlet WGXA that family was important to his daughter and that she kept in contact with them regularly. He became distraught when she became unreachable, explaining that it was very out of character for her.
Gunn was a senior at Fort Valley State University, majoring in agriculture. She would have received her diploma this year.
The investigation into her death is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Fort Valley Police Department at 478-825-3384.
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