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Woman’s Body Found on U. of Georgia Campus; Foul Play Is Suspected

A woman’s body was found in a wooded area on the University of Georgia’s campus on Thursday, according to university officials, who said that foul play was suspected in her death.

Just after noon, a friend reported to the campus police that the woman was missing after she did not return from a run near the university’s intramural fields, the University of Georgia Police Department said.

At 12:38 p.m., officers found the woman’s body in a patch of forest near a lake. The woman, whose name and age were not released, had “visible injuries,” the police said.

It was unclear if she had been a student.

The university police said that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Athens-Clarke Police Department were assisting in the investigation.

In a statement, the university said that it had canceled the remainder of classes on Thursday and all classes on Friday. Officials encouraged students and staff members to take precautions on campus and recommended that people “travel in groups when possible and be aware of your surroundings.”

According to The Red & Black, a campus newspaper, students at the intramural fields said that their classes had been canceled midway through a class period on Thursday afternoon. The newspaper said that police officers had checked the identifications of the people on the fields before they left the area.

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