A 21-year-old man admitted to killing his girlfriend in the early hours of Saturday morning and he has been charged with second-degree murder.
Though Clayton S. Whittemore, 21, allegedly confessed to police that he killed his girlfriend on her school campus at the College at Brockport in upstate New York, he is pleading not guilty.
While the victim's name has not been released, the campus police chief told a local paper that she suffered 'extensive trauma to the upper body'.
Press Connects reports that Whittemore is not a student at the school, which is a part of the State University of New York system, but his girlfriend was.
Her body was found in her room inside McLean Hall on campus.
The Utica Observer Dispatch says that the young woman's time of death is being placed between 1.30am and 2am and police only found her body after her mother called the university concerned about her daughter's well-being shortly after the alleged murder. The mother said that she became concerned when her daughter would not pick up her phone.
Whittemore was found by state patrols at 4am at a highway rest stop over 100 miles away in Dewitt, New York outside of Rochester.
Dewitt is about halfway between the College at Brockport and the American-Canadian border at Niagara Falls.
The school send an email to students informing them of the death early Saturday and updated their website as the case unfolded.
While they wrote that the victim's death occurred 'under suspicious circumstances', they wrote that 'there is no reason to believe that any other members of the campus community are endangered in any way.'
Whittemore lives in neighboring New Hartford and was hockey star during high school.
He is being held under the custody of the Monroe County Sheriff and has yet to be issued bail.
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