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Death of UIC student found in car ruled a homicide, person of interest in custody

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CHICAGO — A UIC student found dead in a car parked in a campus parking garage was strangled, the Cook County Medical Examiner said Sunday, labeling the death of 19-year-old Ruth George as a homicide.

Investigators say when George entered a parking garage on the UIC campus around 1:35 a.m. Saturday morning, she was alone. But according to police, a man who has no affiliation with the university entered the garage shortly after.  

George's family contacted police early Saturday morning to say that they hadn’t heard from her. After tracing her phone to a car parked in a garage on the UIC campus, police discovered her body around 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

George was in the Honor’s College and was studying Kinesiology, aiming to become a health professional. 

Students and employees parked inside the garage had to be questioned by police and escorted to their vehicles before leaving.

“It's a little scary. Because we all use this parking lot if it is something that can happen,” a student told WGN. “I hope they find who did it and what happened.”

UIC police are working with city, state and federal agencies on the death investigation. Authorities did not say how the person of interest was taken into custody, but said charges are pending.

Anyone with more information related to the investigation should call UIC police at 312-996-2830.

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