AUSTIN – According to an Austin American Statesman report, the University of Texas student killed on campus last week appears to have been sexually assaulted and died from strangulation, based on preliminary evidence gathered by detectives.
After collecting DNA samples from the body of Haruka Weiser, 18, forensic examiners were awaiting lab results before potentially filing more charges against 17-year-old Meechaiel Khalil Criner.
Criner is being held in a Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $1 million.
Weiser was last seen leaving the drama building on campus around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. She texted her roommate to say she was on her way back to their dormitory, but never made it. Friends reported her missing the next day.
Weiser’s body was found Tuesday morning in a creek near the school’s alumni center. Investigators worked diligently to gather evidence, and on Thursday, police released surveillance video of a person of interest