A man has been arrested and charged with killing 18-year-old Auburn University student Lauren Burk, thanks to a photo enhanced with help from NASA, the AP reports. Police arrested Courtney Lockhart, 23, in Phenix City, Ala., after a car and foot chase. He was initially sought as a suspect in a string of robberies. Police did not say where they got the photo, but it may have come from a gas station camera, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Police haven’t found a link between Lockhart and Burk. “I don’t believe he targeted her that long,” said Auburn’s assistant police chief, adding, “We have the right individual in jail, I’m 100% sure of that.” The case continues to be a strange mirror of a similar student murder at UNC. Detectives in that case are searching for a man photographed using the victim’s ATM card.