Man charged after Spanish golfer found dead on Iowa golf course


Barquin's body was found Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Her body was found after fellow players saw her abandoned golf bag.

Police found bloody clothes belonging to Richards, but DNA test results had not been returned yet, Huff said. Commander Geoff Huff said Richards is homeless and has been living in nearby woods. Police say he attacked Barquin Arozamena while she was golfing near Iowa State. "She was my sister", M.J. Kamin, Barquin Arozamena's teammate, said.

"We're all devastated and heartbroken", said Pollard, who choked back tears at a news conference.

"What did he do to her?" an acquaintance of Richards allegedly asked officers who were searching the area.

Later, two people were giving Richards a ride to Jefferson - where he has lived in recent years - but he told them he needed to stop at the campsite to retrieve his tent. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting his right to not speak to investigators. She won the 2018 Big 12 championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading United States sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies' Amateur champion in July.

It was just a month later Richards found himself in front of judge again for stealing a vehicle.

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One of Barquin Arozamena's professors said, "Tonight I am sure there is a new angel in heaven with a bright halo saying, 'Go Cyclones!'" Even though she completed her eligibility as a golfer, she was remaining in Ames to finish her degree in civil engineering.

"Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed", Jamie Pollard, the Iowa State Director of Athletics, said in a statement. She ended her collegiate career with a fourth straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time. She had been playing an early round of golf.

Richards had recently served time in prison and was released in June of this year.

"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life", Martens said. Records show he was arrested weeks later after he was found passed out near an Ames liquor store, telling police he took antidepressants before drinking alcohol.

But politicians who quickly expressed outrage about the immigrant suspect charged with killing runner Mollie Tibbetts have been silent or more restrained about the white homeless man accused in the death of a college golf star from Spain.

The harassment case stems from an incident in January 2015 where he threatened to shoot up a gas station in Guthrie County after clerks there claim they caught him trying to steal energy drinks.