CAROLLTON, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) Police in Georgia say a man and woman are in custody after the body of 21-year-old University of West Georgia student Marcelle "Marci" Elliott was found on Wednesday night.
Joshua Clay, 31, and Farrah Strength, 29, both of Carrollton, have been arrested on murder charges, according to Carrollton Police Capt. Jami Sailors.
Elliott, a secondary education student, left her parents' home in Kennesaw on July 22, heading to a friend's house in Carrollton.
Dan Kirby, a family friend, told CBS affiliate WGCL that the family suspected foul play from the beginning.
Kirby said, when Elliot didn't call Friday, her parents checked her phone and credit card records. Police said when the family found nothing they called investigators.
Police said the father traced one of his daughter's cell phone calls, which led them to Strength. Initially she was cooperative, but then turned into a suspect.
Investigators said Strength lured Elliott to meet her, and she and Clay planned the attack. Elliott's body was found in a wooded area in Carrollton.
Elliott's classmates said she and Strength had met at a bar and were close friends. They said the two had a falling out, but they did not know what caused it.
The Elliotts' family pastor said the funeral arrangements were still being worked out.
The body was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab and authorities will use dental records to confirm the identity.
The two suspects are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.