Police are investigating after an Ole Miss student was found dead at a lake 20 miles from her campus by officers on their patrol.
Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial, 21, was discovered on Saturday morning near Sardis Lake in Mississippi.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department say they suspect foul play in her death.
It is not known if she was reported missing before her body was discovered or how she died.
A police spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘On July 20, 2019, 1023 hours, while on routine patrol in Harmontown, MS, Lafayette County Deputies found the body of a white female that was deceased. It is apparent that foul play was involved.
‘This is an active investigation so details are not being released. The Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Bureau of Investigations are following several leads at this time.
‘We will release more information at the appropriate time.’
Ally, originally from St. Louis, had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at the university, according to her father Keith.
He posted on Facebook to pay tribute to his daughter, writing: ‘Yesterday, Saturday afternoon, we were visited by the Sunset Hills MO Police who communicated to us that our beautiful dear Alexandria (Ally) Kostial was the victim of a homicide.’
Keith added: ‘As of now, it is believed the crime happened in Lafayette County, MS.
‘She had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at University of Mississippi, (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi.
‘She was a 2016 Lindbergh High School graduate. She was only 21. Investigations are ongoing.’
Police say investigators with Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, The Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Unit are actively working the case assisted by the University of Mississippi Police Department and The Oxford Police Department.
Friend Casey Nichole Hendrickson wrote on Facebook: ‘Forever in my heart. We’ll meet again someday my sweet angel.’
Claudia Swyres posted pictures of Ally, adding: ‘You will be missed dearly.’
Witness Michelle Bramlett saw the authorities arrive Saturday morning.
She told WMC5: ‘I was sitting on the couch and saw the ambulance go by and was curious and went outside and then the next thing I know the coroner came by and two unmarked vehicles.’
Ally was understood to have been studying for a bachelor`s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration.
She was the president of the University of Mississippi Golf Club and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, according to her social media pages.
The University of Mississippi paid tribute to Ally, calling her ‘a valued member of our campus community’.
Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said in a statement: ‘We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial.
‘Ally was a valued member of our campus community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates and stand ready to support them during this time.
‘We appreciate the work of the Lafayette County Sherriff’s Department and Coroner as they conduct their investigation.’
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department 662-234-6421 or Crime Stoppers 662-234-8477.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Lauren Fruen