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A University Of Utah Student-Athlete Was Reportedly Murdered Monday Night

A general view of Utah's football field with snow on it.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 28: Workers clean off a surprise snow from the field before the Colorado Buffalos play the Utah Utes at Rice- Eccles Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

The University of Utah confirmed some tragic news on Tuesday morning. Track and field member Lauren McCluskey, a senior majoring in communication, was found dead in a parked car outside a dormitory on campus Monday night.

The school says that at approximately 8:20 p.m., police received a call about a "possible" abduction nearby. McCluskey was found dead shortly thereafter.

The suspect, who has now been identified as 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, was found dead later at an off-campus location. Bronagh Tumulty of KUTV 2News says that Rowland was pursued on foot, forced entry into a church and allegedly shot himself.

Police told reporters that the two had some kind of "previous relationship" - though details are unclear.

Utah issued a statement on the matter on Tuesday morning. Here's what the school knows:

The police investigation is still underway, but here is a brief overview of what happened last night. Around 8:20 p.m., university police received a report of a possible abduction in a parking lot outside a residence hall. Police responded and as they searched the area, they discovered Lauren deceased in a parked car near the south tower of the Medical Plaza, a residential hall on campus.

Police issued a secure-in-place order for campus as they searched for a suspect. That order remained in effect until just before midnight, after police determined the suspect had left the area. He was later found deceased at an off-campus location.

Our thoughts and prayers are with McCluskey's family and friends during this time.