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Press conference held for woman found dead at UGA IM fields


The University of Georgia held a press conference at 7 p.m. about the ongoing investigation into the homicide of 22-year-old Laken Riley who was found dead in the area behind Lake Herrick at the UGA Intramural Fields.

The University of Georgia Police Department Chief Jeff Clark said on Feb. 22 at 12:07 p.m., UGAPD received a call from a person concerned about Riley who had gone for a jog at the IM Fields.

Clark said officers immediately began a search and found Riley unconscious and not breathing with visible injuries in the area behind Lake Herrick at 12:38 p.m.

UGAPD officers rendered medical aid until emergency medical responders pronounced her deceased.

Clark said they do not have a suspect and there is always a danger when one is on the loose but there is currently no immediate danger.

Riley was a student at another school, Clark said, and to his knowledge, there hasn’t been a homicide on campus in 20 years.

Clark urged the public to avoid the general area and for anyone with information possibly related to the crime to contact UGAPD immediately at 706-542-2200.

Clark said UGAPD will work day and night to follow all leads including checking all security cameras while working in conjunction with additional resources from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Clark said due to the investigation being active, shareable information is limited and a manner of death could not be revealed.

“This is a tragic day and I want to offer my most sincerest condolences to the grieving family, friends and campus partners,” Clark said.

UGA canceled classes for Feb. 23.

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