CrimeStoppers: Police Need Leads in UALR Students Murder

(KATV) Little Rock - It's been 10 days since the body of UALR student Patricia Guardado was found in Sweet Home. There are still no leads into who killed her and police are sure someone knows more than they are sharing. It's Channel Seven's CrimeStoppers report this week.

It's a busy parking lot, especially in the daytime. The lot behind Burger King on University, and across the street from the UALR campus is used every weekday by students. 20-year-old Patricia Guardado also used it on the morning of October 12th. She parked there at about 8:45 a.m., intending to go to her 9 o'clock class, but Patricia never made it.

Her family called police and Patricia's body was found on October 16th in Sweet Home.

She was likely abducted from this parking lot, but detectives don't know whether the killer was someone she knew, or it a random killing. Sgt. Cassandra Davis with the Little Rock Police Department says, "We're not sure. It's a possibility that she may have known whoever it was, and got in willingly. If no one can supply officers with anything out of the ordinary like they saw a struggle or saw a loud disturbance or something like that if we can't find anybody that's able to confirm that, then that is a possibility."

In the meantime, the UALR campus is on alert, and on edge. Women especially, wondering if the killer will strike again. Sgt. Davis with this advice, "Walk as a group across the street away from your car. Again, if you have a concern, there are those students who have voiced their concern with UALR and the campus. I'm sure they are working hard to help the students to resolve some of those, that uneasiness."

There is a $1,000 reward offered by CrimeStoppers. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is also offering a $1,000 reward. The Garcia-Guardado family has reward fund set up at Metropolitan Bank. Patricia worked at the branch in North Little Rock off McCain. You can visit a branch and mention her name if you'd like to donate. Friend of the family Reggie Koch with the Koch Law Firm is offering an additional $1,000 on top of that already offered.

Meantime, if you have tip for police, call the CrimeStoppers hotline, at 371-4636.

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