Missing student found; death ruled homicide
In a statement released by the Little Rock Police Department, the body of Patricia Guardado, 20, was found in a small pond off Highway 365, near Sweet Home, Ark., around noon. Authorities found the body floating in around two to three feet of water.
Guardado had been missing since Oct. 12. She was last seen leaving her residence at 7717 Raines Trail in Little Rock at 8:45 a.m. Her vehicle was found in the parking lot behind the Burger King on South University Avenue.
According to authorities, “very little information is known as to the circumstances involving her disappearance.”
The death has been ruled a homicide, but the ruling on the cause of death is still pending. Police declined to elaborate on evidence due to the ongoing investigation, but Little Rock Chief of Police Stuart Thomas did ask anyone with information to contact authorities. Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) involved in this homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact 501-580-8706.
LRPD is collaborating with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office as well as the UALR Department of Public Safety.
Authorities have urged all students, faculty and staff to continue to take basic safety precautions at all times, no matter where they are in public.
UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson expressed condolences on behalf of the university via email.
“Our worst fears have come true,” Anderson said. “I am shocked and saddened by this news. The hearts of all of us at the university go out to Patricia’s family and friends.”
Anderson also stated that the university will have counselors available for members of the UALR community “who are struggling with this tragic event.”
UALR will host a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the plaza area between the Donaghey Student Center and the Ottenheimer Library.