2 suspects arrested after body of missing Atlanta college student found

2 arrested after missing Atlanta college student found dead

ATLANTA (Gray News) – Two suspects have been arrested and charged in the death of a Clark Atlanta University student whose body was found Friday.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said in a Friday news conference that the body of Alexis Crawford was found in a DeKalb County park in metro Atlanta.

Crawford was last seen by her family on Oct. 30. One of the suspects led authorities to her remains, police said.

Arrest warrants were secured Friday for Barron Brantley and Jordyn Jones. Brantley is Jones’ boyfriend and Jones was Crawford’s roommate, according to police.

Brantley was arrested Friday night on a murder charge, WSB reports. He waived his first court appearance Saturday morning, and his next court date is scheduled for Nov. 22, according to WSB.

Barron Brantley was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Friday and charged with murder in connection to the death of Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford.
Barron Brantley was booked into the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta on Friday and charged with murder in connection to the death of Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Crawford. (Source: Fulton County Sheriff's Office/CNN)

WSB reported early Saturday evening that Jones had been arrested on a murder charge, and that she’s scheduled to appear in court at 11 a.m. Monday.

“While a motive has not been clearly established, the department did take a police report from Alexis Crawford on October 27, and this is a few days prior to her being reported missing," Shields said Friday. “In this report, Alexis described unwanted kissing and touching from Barron Brantley.”

Crawford was last seen by her roommate at the Heritage Station apartments. Also missing were her cell phone, identification card and debit card. In her last conversation with her sister earlier on the night she went missing, Crawford asked her family to send her money through an app.

Police said the medical examiner determined Crawford died by asphyxiation.

Clark Atlanta on Friday alerted students to the news of Crawford’s death via email and social media.

“Panther Family, we are devastated by the tragic reports regarding our own Alexis Crawford. We are here for you!” the school tweeted.

Clark Atlanta students also received a letter from CAU President George French Jr. Friday evening.

“Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and with everyone who knew and loved Alexis,” he said. “Investigators say this was an isolated, off-campus incident and there was never a threat to any other members of the community.”

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