Posted Oct. 28, 2005 – Students at Illinois State University are mourning the death of university senior Olamide Adeyooye, found in a burned-out chicken coop in Mississippi last Friday.
The Associated Press reported that workers were cleaning out a chicken coop in Lake, Miss., where firefighters put out a fire four days earlier, when they found Adeyooye's body. Authorities said that dental records confirmed her remains Wednesday.
Thursday night, authorities told the The Clarion Ledger newspaper (Jackson, Miss.) that they had picked up a man in Atlanta who might be questioned in connection with Adeyooye's slaying. His name has not been released, but he reportedly lived in the same apartment complex in Normal, Ill., as Adeyooye. Police are trying to establish how the body of the Illinois State student ended up in Mississippi.
Police said that they searched the man's apartment, a few doors down from Adeyooye's apartment, where they took pictures. Detectives said when they scanned the apartment with ultraviolet light, they found blood.
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Normal Police Lt. Mark Kotte told The Ledger that he hadn't heard about blood being found, he but confirmed a man from Normal had been arrested in Atlanta -- for the white-collar crime of "scamming people." He said he couldn't recall the man's name but noted that the crime is unrelated to the killing.
Kotte said that police might want to talk to him.
"At this point, all I know is he was picked up on one of our warrnants," he said.
Adeyooye, a Nigeria native, moved to Chicago when she was 8. She was last seen two weeks ago renting a movie at a video store near her off-campus apartment in Normal. Her green 1996 Toyota Corolla is still missing, The Associated Press reported.
Nearly 40 investigators, including FBI agents, took part in the search. Her family and friends posted fliers and sent out messages through Web sites and blogs.
"We still have a list of persons of interest, and that hasn't really changed," Kotte told AP. "We still have quite a few people that we need to talk to and also people now that we will be reinterviewing."
Adeyooye, who studied laboratory sciences and biology at ISU, was due to graduate from the 20,000-student college in December and had planned to return to Chicago to complete her clinical training at a hospital.
She was reported missing when she didn't show up for classes and her weekend job as a waitress. Police launched a criminal investigation into her disappearance last week after evidence and interviews led them to suspect foul play.