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Woman’s body found in creek on University of Texas campus in Austin

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AUSTIN – Police in Austin are investigating the case of a woman’s body found in a creek on the University of Texas campus as a homicide, officials said Tuesday.

“Our home has been violated,” University President Gregory L. Fenves said at a news briefing. “Our hearts go out to the victim and her family, and we will be investigating this very actively.”

The woman’s cause of death was not yet known, said Capt. Don Verett of the University of Texas Police Department.

The body was found about 10:30 a.m. near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center and not far from the school’s football stadium, officials said.

Campus and city police are looking into the death of the woman, who authorities have not identified. Fenves said earlier the woman’s family hasn’t been notified.

The school is working with police to identify possible suspects, Fenves said in a written statement.

“Based on the information we have and our conversations with police, the campus continues to operate fully, and all classes and events remain on schedule,” Fenves said.

Fenves told reporters that the campus, which is used by 50,000 students and 14,000 faculty members, will have increased police patrols.

University officials said counseling services are available for students.

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