Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Big 12 women's golf champ found dead

Big 12 women's golf champ found dead

The 22-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University, whose body was found in a pond at a golf course in Ames on Monday.

After determining Barquín was assaulted, police by evening had charged 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards of no known address with first-degree murder, per a release. He was ordered jailed Tuesday on a $5 million, cash-only bond.

Golfer Harley Thornton's account of his interaction with a woman who was later found dead at an Iowa golf course could offer important insight into the woman's killing.

Emergency services were called to Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, at about 10.20am local time after players on the course found an abandoned golf bag. They then found Arozamena "some distance away", and determined that she had been assaulted before she died.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa State University Police Department, assisted in the investigation. Prior to Richards' arrest, Huff said, "The public should be very wary right now".

A course closed sign sits in front of the Coldwater Golf Links course where the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena was found
A course closed sign sits in front of the Coldwater Golf Links course where the body of Celia Barquin Arozamena was found

The day after her tragic death, Barquin Arozamena's photo was on the front-page of the Iowa State Daily, the student-run newspaper.

Richards pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary and third-degree theft in January 2017 and was given a suspended sentence of two years in prison, two years of probation and a fine of $625. Officers found Richards with several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to hide, it said. After being stopped by employees, Richards allegedly told the workers that he would return and "shoot the place up". They recovered a knife in his possession.

Barquin Arozamena hailed from Puente San Miguel in Spain, and this year was named Iowa State University's female athlete of the year, having claimed a major conference championship victory.

"This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student-athlete", said ISU president Dr. Wendy Wintersteen.

She was described as "one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history", in reference to the university's nickname.

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