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Suspect arrested in death of Harding University student (updated)

Death ruled a homicide, Texas television station reports.

Update: THV11 in Little Rock, Ark., reports:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Police have arrested a suspect in the slaying of a graduate student whose body was discovered at a San Antonio park on New Year’s Eve.
San Antonio police on Saturday announced the arrest of 29-year-old Christian Ivan Bautista on a murder warrant. The case involves the fatal stabbing of 24-year-old Lauren Bump, who attended Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

Bexar (bayr) County jail records show Bautista was being held on $200,000 bond. No information was immediately available on an attorney for Bautista, who was located Friday during a call about a suspicious person at O.P. Schnabel Park.

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KENS5.com in San Antonio reports that a Harding University student’s body was found Tuesday night in a city park:

SAN ANTONIO — A woman whose body was discovered inside a northwest San Antonio park Tuesday evening suffered multiple sharp-force injuries, according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Her death has been ruled a homicide, the office said Thursday.

The San Antonio Police Department confirmed the body was found at O.P. Schnabel Park, in the 9600 block of Bandera Road, on New Year’s Eve.

The woman’s family identified the victim as 24-year-old Lauren Michelle Bump, a senior at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Bump graduated from O’Connor High School in 2007.

Bump was enrolled in Harding’s physician assistant program.

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