Reported Arrest Made of Person of Interest in Murder of Auburn Freshman Lauren Burk


It is being reported that there was an arrest of a “person of interest” near the Lauren Burk2Georgia 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 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)

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Watch the LIVE Press Conference at 11:00 am EDT HERE

Possible Break In the Lauren Burk Murder Case

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.”


Posted March 7, 2008 by
Bizarre, Crime, Murder | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Reported Arrest Made of Person of Interest in Murder of Auburn Freshman Lauren Burk”

    1. Sherry on March 8th, 2008 8:46 am

      After doing a lot of internet searching last night I feel pretty sure this is the guy that murdered Lauren. It makes me sick to my stomach to see this THUG that went around making his living by robbing people and businesses has murdered this young girl who was trying to ‘do right’ in life and make something of herself. I HOPE THIS GUY GETS THE CHAIR!!!(or the needle)

    2. Richard on March 8th, 2008 10:03 am

      Note the humane and compassionate response of the governor of Georgia. Contrast it with the reaction of Aruba to Natalee’s disappearance.

      And people still think that a trip to Aruba is ok?

    3. Richard on March 8th, 2008 10:05 am

      Sherry (#1) … Not ‘guy,’ but ‘animal.’

    4. nym2000 on March 8th, 2008 11:25 am

      SO its another black vs white war. I hope the media catches on say 2 black killed 2 white coeds.
      They caught 1 black guy hope he gets the dp. Hope they catch the other guy so he gets the dp.
      Its a shame these 2 wastes of people took 2 promising people. But go ahead and vote for the black guy!

    5. Sherry on March 8th, 2008 11:43 am

      BOTH of these thugs need to be made an example of in some way…it makes me sick that beautiful, productive lives have been taken by totally worthless pieces of trash.

    6. SteveDinMD on March 8th, 2008 12:10 pm

      The following URL links to a photo of the suspect charged in the murder of Lauren Burk:

      The suspect, Courtney Lockhart, was also sought in connection with multiple armed robberies. This arrest, along with the newly released ATM photo of the “person of interest” sought in connection with the murder of Eve Carson, makes it appear as though the two murdered coeds were victims of separate, unrelated incidents of random violence perpetrated by sociopaths.

    7. Courtney Lockhart, 22, Charged in the Capital Murder in Death of Auburn Freshman Lauren Burk | Scared Monkeys on March 8th, 2008 12:50 pm

      [...] was reported last night that authorities had made an arrest in the senseless murder of 18 year old Auburn freshman Lauren Burk. Lauren Burk was found [...]

    8. Allan Kluttz on March 8th, 2008 12:57 pm

      Hang Em or lethal injection quickly, better yet shot to the head. If you don’t have the stomach for it I can do it. Why put him in prison he will never be able to contribute to society.

    9. Leslie on March 10th, 2008 11:18 pm

      What an absolute horrible thing to do. I hope that piece of trash realizes exactly what he’s done and gets exactly what he deserves. How could you do that to anyone- much less a young girl?

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