Her body was found after fellow players saw her abandoned golf bag.
Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University. Police later arrested Richards, who had been living in a homeless encampment near the course.
Police said officers recovered a knife that Richards had given to acquaintances after the slaying, as well as bloody clothing from his belongings. She won the 2018 Big 12 championship, an annual tournament contested between 10 leading USA sports universities, and was crowned European Ladies' Amateur champion in July. Instead, the team will wear helmet decals with Barquin's initials to honor her.
In an interview with police later that day, Richards said that he had stayed with another man the day of the assault and bathed, police said.
He had no prior criminal record in Iowa before, police say, he followed Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, in a auto while she was running on July 18 in the small town of Brooklyn. He had "fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting", the affidavit says.
Of Richards, she said, "He was just going out with the goal of killing".
"Within the past several days, (Richards) had made a statement (to the other man) to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman", court records show. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his nearby home on Monday appearing "disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water" before bathing and leaving. Those two individuals were driving Richards out of town after the slaying, but he asked them to drop him off near the camp so he could get his tent.
Huff said no one else had been charged, but that the investigation was ongoing. "I had the pleasure of meeting her and I know she was a special person", he said. He was ordered jailed Tuesday on a $5 million, cash-only bond.
None of that earned Richards prison time or a felony conviction, in part because prosecutors agreed to plea deals that reduced charges to misdemeanors and judges imposed sentences of probation. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting that his client didn't wish to speak to investigators. Police said the 22-year-old was stabbed and left in a pond on the golf course.
"She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school". She had been playing an early round of golf.
"We are all devastated", said the university's head women's golf coach, Christie Martens. Wherever life takes us, she said, each one of us will have our halves.
Richards had recently served time in prison and was released in June of this year. Soon he was back in Ames, arrested weeks later after being found passed out at a liquor store and admitting that he drank heavily after taking antidepressants.