The body of a 21-year-old Clark Atlanta University student who was reported missing on Nov. 1 was found at a park in DeKalb County, Ga., on Friday, the authorities said.
Investigators were working to get arrest warrants for Jordyn Jones, a 21-year-old woman identified as a friend and roommate of the student, Alexis Crawford, and Ms. Jones’s 21-year-old boyfriend, Barron Brantley, Chief Erika Shields of the Atlanta Police Department, said at a news conference on Friday.
“The case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible, and has been absolutely heartbreaking,” Chief Shields said.
“To Alexis’s family, our hearts go out to you,” she said. “I am so truly sorry that we could not provide you with a better ending.”
Chief Shields said one of the suspects led investigators to the location of the body but it was not immediately clear who it was or where exactly in the park Ms. Crawford was found. A cause of death was not given.
While an exact motive was not yet clear, the police did take a report from Ms. Crawford on Oct. 27, just days before she was reported missing.
“In this report, Alexis described unwanted kissing and touching from Barron Brantley,” Chief Shields said.
The report also named Ms. Jones as a witness.
Ms. Crawford was taken to a hospital for a rape kit to be administered, and a clothing item and bedding were recovered from the scene, the report said.
Late on Nov. 1, Ms. Crawford was reported missing by her mother and two sisters, who all said they last communicated with her on Oct. 30.
Ms. Jones was also interviewed by investigators. She was not on speaking terms with Ms. Crawford because of a separate unspecified incident, the report said.
Ms. Jones told investigators that she took Ms. Crawford to a store where Ms. Crawford bought a bottle of alcohol and later returned home. They last saw each other at approximately 12:30 a.m. before Ms. Jones went to her bedroom for the night, the report said.
“Ms. Jones stated that Ms. Alexis Crawford wasn’t in the residence the following morning when Ms. Jones left for class the next morning,” the report said.
Investigators have determined that this was an “isolated, off-campus incident,” George T. French Jr., the president of Clark Atlanta University, said in a statement on Friday.
“Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and with everyone who knew and loved Alexis,” he said.
Aimee Ortiz contributed reporting.