- Authorities have announced that a 20-year-old student named Skylar Williams was killed after her disappearance Monday from Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus.
- The police identified Ty’rell Pounds, the 24-year-old father of Williams’ young son, as the suspect in her disappearance.
- The Kentucky State Police said both were struck by gunfire and killed later that afternoon after the police chased their vehicle through Kentucky. The police have not announced who fired the shot or shots that they say struck Williams.
The search for a missing Ohio State University student has ended tragically.
Skylar Williams, 20, was seen being forced into a car at gunpoint in the parking lot of Ohio State’s Mansfield campus just before noon on Monday, the school’s Department of Public Safety announced.
Early on, local authorities identified Ty’rell Pounds, the 24-year-old father of Williams’ young son, as the suspect in what they were treating as an abduction.
Both Pounds and Williams were killed later that afternoon, authorities announced Tuesday, after what the Kentucky State Police described as a vehicle chase through Kentucky.
According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, someone called 911 at about 3:24 p.m. on Monday after seeing a man force a woman into a vehicle at a gas station in Gallatin County, southwest of Cincinnati.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the vehicle matched the description of a dark Dodge Caravan that Pounds was believed to have stolen at gunpoint earlier that day.
The Kentucky police said that troopers later spotted the vehicle further south on Interstate 71 in Kentucky’s Henry County but that the driver refused to stop.
This sparked a police chase that went for about 20 miles, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The police said the chase finally came to an end when the van’s driver pulled off at a ramp and then tried to reenter the interstate. The police were waiting, and the van had nowhere to go.
The Kentucky police said a trooper who moved in to apprehend Pounds heard a gunshot coming from within the vehicle that “he perceived as an immediate deadly threat to himself and the female passenger,” prompting the trooper to fatally shoot Pounds.
When officers opened the vehicle, they found both Pounds and Williams had been shot, the police said. Pounds died at the scene, while Williams was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The police said Williams was struck by at least one round of gunfire, but they did not say whether that came from troopers or Pounds.
The Kentucky State Police are investigating the episode.
Before Williams was reported abducted, Pounds wrote a Facebook post identifying himself as the father of Williams’ son, according to the Ohio-based WMFD.
In the post, he complained about relationship issues and a custody battle and lamented that his son would grow up without his parents.