A person of interest is being questioned following Saturday’s discovery of a 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore who was found lifeless inside a family car in a campus parking garage.
The next day, Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Ruth George’s death was a homicide by strangulation.
The university’s police chief, Kevin Booker, said in a statement Sunday that it appeared George had been "the victim of foul play" and confirmed that a person of interest was being questioned in her untimely death, according to NBC News Chicago.
The unidentified person was allegedly spotted entering the Halsted Street Garage in downtown Chicago shortly after George pulled in at around 1:30 a.m., the television station reported.
Booker also confirmed the person being questioned does not have ties to the university.
George's family had grown concerned about being unable to reach the promising kinesiology sophomore from Berwyn, Illinois, and filed a report with campus police at around 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Campus police, along with George's relatives, then pursued cell phone pings to the garage and discovered the young woman's body in the rear seat of the family car, CBS News Chicago reported.
Medics were summoned to the garage but they could not revive her.
In a written statement to the university community, Chancellor Michael Amiridis expressed his grief after learning of George’s loss on Saturday.
“All of us are devasted by the loss of Ruth George. Our thoughts, our hearts and our condolences are with her family and friends during this trying period,” Amiridis said.
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