Authorities said dental records confirmed Wednesday that the badly burned body was that of 21-year-old Olamide Adeyooye, an ISU senior last seen two weeks ago renting a movie at a video store near her off-campus apartment in Normal, Ill.
It's believed Adeyooye was murdered within days,
"I believe Olamide's spirit will find the culprit. Whoever might have killed her, Olamide's spirit will find him out in Jesus' name," said her father, Adiodun Adeyooye.
Authorities did not release a cause of death and offered little new information on an investigation that will expand to Mississippi after a week of foot, canine and aerial searches across Illinois.
"As far as the cause of death, we believe she was already deceased when the body was dropped off in Newton County (in central Mississippi)," Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight said. "We have investigators from Illinois here with us but we believe the actual death took place in Illinois."
And Illinois, says Levine, is where authorities are focusing their search for suspects.
Knight said he was not aware of any signs of sexual abuse.
Normal Police Lt. Mark Kotte said authorities still were investigating how Adeyooye, who was last seen Oct. 13 in the central Illinois city where she went to school, ended up hundreds of miles away in Mississippi. Her car, a green 1996 Toyota Corolla, still was missing Wednesday.
"Bloomington-Normal is a very safe community and this is an incident that is extremely rare," Kotte said. "It is not an incident of somebody going around preying on college students."
Kotte said police are interviewing several "persons of interest" in the case, and that some people already questioned by investigators will be questioned again. Police say none is a suspect currently.
"We still have a list of persons of interest and that hasn't really changed. We still have quite a few people that we need to talk to, and also people now that we will be re-interviewing," Kotte said.
Adeyooye's father said he wants to see justice for the death of his daughter, who he said was diligent, quiet and never offended anyone.
"It's a sad moment to hear of the death of my daughter ... to find the body (had) been burnt, it is sad. I want the justice to take place," her father said, fighting back tears.