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Ex-Idaho Prof Suspected In Slaying Dead

MOSCOW, Idaho, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A former University of Idaho professor apparently killed himself Tuesday after being named the suspect in the slaying of a 22-year-old coed, police said.

Moscow police said they found the body of Ernesto Bustamante in the room of a motel about 12 hours after Katy Benoit was found shot dead in her home.

The university said in a written statement that Bustamante had been on the faculty from 2007-2011. The reason for his separation from the school was not reveled.

The Idaho Statesman said Bustamante had been an assistant psychology professor and had resigned this month. It was not known what connection he might have had with Benoit.

The newspaper said Bustamante was named a suspect after a witness reported seeing a car with a Washington license plate leaving Benoit’s home Monday night.

Tuesday’s convocation ceremony at the university was postponed and grief counselors were made available for students and staff, school officials said.

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