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Student Found Dead in UIC Garage, Person in Custody

Ruth George,19

CHICAGO, IL – Teen found dead at the University of Illinois-Chicago was strangled, and there is a person of interest in custody.

Ruth George, 19, was found dead in a car in a UIC parking garage on Sunday morning.

Police say that her family had reported her missing and that they had not heard from her since Friday evening. Police and relatives found the car in the garage, with George unresponsive in the back seat of a family-owned vehicle Saturday morning.

Police said she was along when she entered the Halsted Street parking garage on Nov. 23 at 1:35 a.m. A person of interest entered the garage shortly after her.

The murder has unnerved students.

“A lot of robbery and theft, I’ve seen that happening but never a murder,” said Vakrand Sharma, UIC student.

George was a graduate of Naperville Central High School and had recently become a Christian. She moved to Berwyn this summer.

UIC Police are committed to safety and security for all UIC students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Federal, state and local law enforcement partners in this ongoing death investigation. Anyone with information related to the investigation should call UIC Police at 312-996-2830.

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