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Woman’s Body Found on University of Texas at Austin Campus

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Police in Austin are searching for a possible killer on a college campus after the body of a young woman was found at the University of Texas on Tuesday morning.

The body, found near Waller Creek just west of the Alumni Center at about 10:30 a.m., is that of a woman in her 20's, reported NBC affiliate KXAN. The woman has not been publicly identified and no suspects have been named, but police are investigating the incident as a possible homicide, authorities said.

Image: An officer stands watch in the bed of Waller Creek on the University of Texas campus in Austin
An officer with the University of Texas Police Department stands watch in the bed of Waller Creek, where police say a woman was found dead. Marshall Tidrick / The Daily Texan via AP

"This is a difficult time for our community," UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenvessaid in a letter to students on Wednesday. "There is a lot of justified anxiety, and I want to let you know that law enforcement is working hard to investigate this week’s homicide while campus leadership is actively addressing safety at UT Austin."

UT Austin Police, the Austin Police Department, the Texas Safety Department, and the Texas Rangers are all investigating the killing, Fenves said.

The incident spurred fears on campus, prompting Fenves to announce additional safety patrols, and shuttles for students during late nights. The school is remaining open and classes are running a full schedule, the school said.

Police processed the crime scene and are now focusing their attention on locating the suspect, KXAN reported. The identity of the woman was being withheld pending family notification, authorities said.

Image: Police tape blocks off an area in Waller Creek on the University of Texas campus in Austin
Police tape blocks off an area in Waller Creek. Marshall Tidrick / The Daily Texan via AP