Woman found dead on University of Georgia campus

Feb. 23, 2024
Laken Hope Riley, 22, a nursing student at a nearby school, was found Thursday in a forested area of the Athens campus.

woman who had gone for a jog was found dead on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

NBC News reports that the Laken Hope Riley, 22, a student at a nearby nursing school, was found Thursday afternoon on the university campus after a friend told police she had not returned from a morning run. She was unconscious and had “visible injuries” when officers found her.

Police have not identified a suspect, University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark said.

Riley was a student at the Augusta University College of Nursing’s Athens campus, the school said.

Around noon Thursday, someone reported that their friend had gone for a run at the Intramural Fields on campus that morning and had not returned. Riley was found in a forested area behind Lake Herrick at 12:38 p.m.

All classes at the University of Georgia were canceled Thursday evening and Friday, the university said. They are expected to resume Monday.



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