ARREST: Man charged with murder of missing student
Posted: Nov 09, 2010 8:21 AM CST Updated: Nov 09, 2010 11:11 AM CST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a man they say murdered a missing boy, then abused his corpse. That's as an Indianapolis TV station reports that police are searching a landfill in Jackson County, Indiana, hoping to find the victim's remains.
The story of Andrew Compton's disappearance broke a few days ago. The 18-year-old Sullivan University student had not been seen since Oct. 28th. His parents believed a 40-year-old man he met online may have had something to do with his disappearance.
Fox 41 News has learned that police have since arrested 40-year-old Gregory M. O'Bryan in connection with Compton's disappearance. O'Bryan has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
According to an arrest report obtained by Fox 41 News, Compton was reported missing on Oct. 30. The family discovered that he had communicated with O'Bryan via e-mail just prior to his disappearance.
When police first interviewed O'Bryan, he told them that he had met with Compton on Oct. 28. He said the two of them purchased alcohol and he took Compton back to his apartment where they had sexual relations. At that point, O'Bryan told police, Compton left on foot and he didn't see him again.
On Monday, Nov. 1, according to the arrest report, police executed a search warrant on OBryan's apartment in the 1600 block of Lucia Avenue. The arrest report does not explain why the search warrant was executed, nor what was found there.
What it does say is that O'Bryan changed his story. He told police that Compton died during their sexual relations on Oct. 28 and that he continued having sex with Compton after he was dead.
Police say O'Bryan "admitted to disposing of the victim's body and other evidence in order to conceal his death."
The arrest represents a tragic end to several days' of searching for the whereabouts of Andrew Compton.
His parents told Fox 41 News Sunday that they made a habit of talking to Andrew by phone almost everyday.
"It is on my mind every second, waking up, going to bed, middle of the night. It's very intense, very traumatic for us," Angela Compton said Sunday during an interview with Fox 41 News.
The 18-year old freshman from Carmel, Indiana was enrolled in Sullivan University's culinary program. His parents left Indiana last week after becoming concerned about his safety. He hadn't returned to his dorm and his bank account remained untouched.
"Our fear is that he is being held against his will or that he is being harmed," said John Compton, his father, on Sunday.
John Compton had told Fox 41 that surveillance footage from Sullivan University shows his son was picked up from his dorm around 9 p.m. Oct. 28th.
"It's been very frustrating, very trying," said John Compton on Sunday.
Angela Compton says there were no indications in the emails exchanged on what her son and this man were planning to do.
Compton's parents say they have warned their son before about meeting people online.
"Last spring, we knew he met someone online," said Angela Compton. "We just a had discussion with him about the safety issues surrounding that. But obviously, he didn't stop. I hope it didn't cost him his life."
The Comptons had also tried to cast a wider net by posting information online at Facebook and a separate Web page.