A ‘homeless’ man has been charged with the murder of former Iowa State University golf champion, Celia Barquin Arozamena who was stabbed to death.
The suspect, Collin Daniel Richards, 22 allegedly stabbed the 22-year-old Spanish golfer and dumped her body in a pond on a golf course. Celia was found dead at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, Monday morning.
According to Mail Online, Police were called to the golf course around 10.20am after golfers found an unattended golf bag. Officers discovered a body some distance from the bag.
A criminal complaint says Barquin, of Spain, died after being repeatedly stabbed at the course, which is near her university campus. She had stab wounds to her upper torso, head and neck
Police arrested 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards and charged him with first-degree murder.
The complaint said Richards was living in a tent in a temporary camp near the golf course and that he had allegedly told an acquaintance about his ‘urge to rape and kill a woman’.
In his mugshot, Richard had what appeared to be defensive scratches under his right eye and on his left cheek.appeared to be defensive scratches under his right eye and on his left cheek.
Police said that he had a deep laceration on his left hand. They also recovered a knife in his possession and also found a backpack and two pairs of shorts with apparent blood stains which tested positive for blood.
Richards was booked into the Story County Jail just after 12am Tuesday morning. He is being held on a $5million cash bond.
Iowa State University President Dr Wendy Wintersteen said: ‘This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete.
‘We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her. On behalf of the entire Cyclone family, I extend our deep condolences to Celia’s family and her many friends and teammates at Iowa State. We are deeply saddened.’
Wintersteen described her as a ‘dedicated civil engineering student’ and an ‘acclaimed golfer with a bright future’.