UPDATE: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT MURDER

Remembering Kyleigh Sousa
Remembering Kyleigh Sousa

The spring semester had just come to a close, and the Memorial Day weekend was on the horizon for Kyleigh Sousa. The 21-year-old Arizona State University student was on her way to grab a bite to eat with a friend around 2 a.m. when her life changed forever. Tempe Police Sgt. Steve Carbajal said that Kyleigh was approached by a “brazen criminal” who was driving a silver Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger.  He was described as being Hispanic and heavy-set. 

After talking to Kyleigh, the suspect grabbed her purse and she became entangled. Kyleigh was dragged by the vehicle, hit her head, and died. Sgt. Carbajal added, “She didn’t have an opportunity to get away” and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Now that school is back in session at Arizona State, the manhunt continues to find her killer.  Sgt. Carbajal told me this week that althought there have not been any public updates on the case, investigators are working every angle possible and hopefully the right lead will come in to put them on the killers track.

LICENSE FOUND: Investigators in Tempe Arizona confirmed to me that an Arizona license issued to a male friend of Kyleigh Sousa was taken by the suspect in this case.  Sgt. Steve Carbajal said, “Some time prior to June 20, 2010, someone placed the stolen license in a U.S. Postal Service mail box somewhere in the Metro Phoenix area.” Authorities need to figure out who mailed that license. The robbery/homicide took place near the International House of Pancakes at the 200 block of East Apache Boulevard on May 26, 2010. There’s a possibility there were other people inside the vehicle, and the suspect still has the purse. If we can find the purse and identify who mailed the license, it may lead to the suspect.

Tempe Murder Suspect Sketch

Tempe Murder Suspect Sketch

If you have any information, please contact the Tempe Police Department:

(480) 350-8311

 

By:  Michelle Sigona

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