It is being reported that there was an arrest of a “person of interest” near the Georgia border of Phenix, AL in the murder of 18 year old Auburn University freshman Lauren Burk. Burk was found Tuesday night after being fatally shot in the head. Lauren Burk later died after being taken to the hospital. Police are reporting that Lauren Burk was not sexually assaulted. God bless Lauren Burk, her family, loved ones and friends during this difficult time. May Lauren rest in peace.
Meanwhile, Auburn police have scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Saturday CST. It wasn’t immediately clear what new information would be disclosed.
WTVM-TV 9 is describing the man or woman in custody as a “person of interest” in the death Tuesday of Lauren Burk, 18, while sources reportedly have told MyFOXAL.com that the Phenix City suspect “could be” the person Auburn police have been looking for.
Further questions about the Auburn murder case would be answered Saturday at the news conference, the lieutenant said, and, when asked about her department’s involvement, she said Phenix City police would be present at the Saturday event.
Phenix City, on the Georgia border, is about 35 miles from Auburn.(FOX News)
There may be a possible break in the Lauren Burk murder case. Though officials will not confirm the arrest of a suspect, a news conference has been called for Saturday morning at 10am. At Friday’s news conference Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson had said there would be no press conferences over the weekend unless something major developed.
An Atlanta television station is now reporting that Phenix City Police have arrested a suspect in the case after a high speed chase Friday afternoon. All questions by WSFA 12 News to the Phenix City Police Department are being referred to the Auburn investigators. WSFA 12 News will be at that press conference and will bring you the very latest as it becomes available.
Comments from the Governor of Georgia, Sonny Perdue, regarding the tragic murders of Lauren Burk and Eve Carlson:
“Mary and I are deeply saddened by the senseless, tragic murders of these two bright and talented Georgians,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “We are praying for their families and friends as well as the campuses and communities that are mourning these painful losses. Georgia is Lauren and Eve’s home state and we will do everything we can to help authorities in Alabama and North Carolina pursue, capture and convict those responsible for their deaths. To aid in these investigations, I have asked GBI Director Vernon Keenan to offer any and all assistance necessary to solve these crimes.”