Missing Clark Atlanta student found dead, roommate sought

A missing Clark Atlanta University student was found dead Friday, authorities said.

The body of Alexis Crawford, 21, was found in a park in DeKalb County, a week after she was reported missing, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said at a news briefing.

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Crawford’s friend and roommate, Jordyn Jones, and Jones’ boyfriend, Barron Brantley, both 21, will be charged in connection to her murder, Shields said. One of the suspects led investigators to Crawford’s body, but police would not disclose which one.

Alexis Crawford.Atlanta Police

Shields said investigators were working to secure arrest warrants for Jones and Brantley. Fulton County Jail records showed Brantley was booked Friday on suspicion of murder.

A motive has not been established, but on Oct. 27, days before she was reported missing, Crawford filed a police report in which she “described unwanted kissing and touching from Brantley,” the police chief said.

Clark Atlanta University President George T. French Jr. said additional counselors would be on campus.

“Today, we received the worst possible news,” French said in a statement. “Investigators say this was an isolated, off-campus incident and there was never a threat to any other members of the community.”

Crawford last spoke to her family on Oct. 30. She was reported missing Nov. 1.

“The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking,” Shields said. “To Alexis’ family, our hearts go out to you. I am so truly sorry that we could not provide you with a better ending.”