Tragedy struck over the weekend when Iowa State University golf champion, Celia Barquin Arozamena, was discovered on Coldwater Golf Links. Celia was just 22 years old.
Celia was discovered after golfers spotted an abandoned golf bag on the course. After calling the police, staff and first responders found a body in the course pond.
Horrified, they retrieved Celia’s body. They were in shock. According to the police reports, she had multiple stab wounds on her torso, neck, and head. The police believe she died from the wounds and was later dumped into the pond.
Soon after discovering Celia, police arrested a homeless man, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards. Richards was living in a tent near the golf course and had a history of domestic violence, assault, and sexual harassment.
Police confirm that just days before the murder of Celia, Richards told an acquaintance that he had a “deep urge to rape and kill.” It was only days later that he did exactly that to 22-year-old Celia. His mugshot shows him with scratches on his face which are believed to be from Celia in an effort to defend herself.
Celia was originally from Puente San Miguel, Spain and came to Iowa to play golf and study civil engineering. She was in the final semester of her degree. Iowa State University shared that Celia was one of the most accomplished players in their golf history and the Director of Athletics, Jamie Pollard, shared that “Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed.”
Celia was believed to be one of the greatest female golfers as she was ranked 69th in the nation by Golfweek.
Celia’s family was notified of the horror back in Spain. They have not spoken out about the tragedy, and no funeral arrangements have been made. Please keep them in your prayers as they navigate this devastating time.