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Body of missing Clarke Central grad found in Atlanta park

Alexis Janae Crawford

By Joe Johnson

The body of a Clarke Central High School grad who was reported missing Nov. 1 in Atlanta, where she was attending college was found Friday in a DeKalb County park, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Alexis Janae Crawford, 21, was a fourth-year criminal justice at Clark Atlanta University, the historically black university in the state’s capital. She went missing from her off-campus apartment, according to police,

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said in a press conference that two suspects were charged with Crawford's murder – her 21-year-old roommate Jordyn Jones and Jones’ boyfriend, Barron Brantley, also 21.

Both were in custody Friday night, according to Atlanta television station CBS 46.

One of the suspects, who Shields did not name, was the person who led police to where Crawford’s body was found in Exchange Park off Columbia Drive.

“While a motive has not been clearly established” for Crawford’s death, the Atlanta police chief noted that three days before Crawford disappeared, she filed a police report accusing her roommate’s boyfriend of sexually assaulting her in her apartment.

“This case has come to one of the saddest conclusions possible and has been absolutely heartbreaking,” Shields said at the news conference.

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