University of Texas (UT) President Gregory L. Fenves confirmed the identity of the student whose body was found along a creek running through campus.
Her name was Haruka Weiser, an 18-year-old dance major from Portland, Oregon. A $15,000 reward is now being offered for information that could lead to an arrest of the culprit, and police has already issued a video of the suspect toward that end.
Assistant Austin Police Chief, Troy Gay, said Weiser never made it to her dormitory that night. Her roommates reported her missing shortly before noon the following day, and Weiser's body was discovered on Tuesday in a creek close to the alumni center and football stadium, an area bustling with activity day and night.
An autopsy demonstrated that Weiser was assaulted, but Gay refused to elaborate, saying it was too early in the investigation.
Gay showed a surveillance video of a man he said was a suspect pushing a pink or red bicycle north of the stadium around 11 p.m. on Sunday. He further added that there was no indication that the man in the video was a student or that he had sought to target Weiser specifically. The authorities believe the man was in the area for at least a couple of hours, and that no weapon was recovered, he added.
UT asked Austin police to lead the investigation with the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which has assigned twenty state troopers to campus per day. DPS is also reviewing security on campus, including video monitoring, lighting and building security systems.