One of the saddest stories in sports in years.


Ames police provided new information in the killing of ISU student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

The suspect in the case, Collin Daniel Richards, 22, appeared in court Tuesday morning.



A judge set bond at $5 million cash-only. The County Attorney said Richards is a flight risk and is a threat to the community. 

The judge told Richards he is facing life in prison. A bond review hearing is set for Sep. 28th at 1 p.m.

In a news conference, Commander Geoff Huff said they do not know of any relationship between Barquin Arozamena and Richards. 

Police ask if you were near the golf course Monday morning and saw anything suspicious, call 515-239-5533. 


Court documents show Richards has a history of violence and drug use dating to his teenage years.

Court records show that since 2014, 22-year-old Collin Daniel Richards has been charged with abusing a former girlfriend, using a baseball bat to smash a vehicle window and burglarizing a gas station. 


According to court documents, Barquin Arozamena was found dead in a pond near where her missing items had been discovered. She had sustained several stab wounds to the upper torso, head and neck. 

At 1:35 p.m., officers were conducting a search of the area when they located a male leaving the area of the golf course and a nearby walking trail. 

The male was identified by officers, and made a statement to police to effect of “What did he do to her?” During a subsequent interview, that male, only identified as “D.B.,” identified Collin Daniel Richards as an acquaintance who had stayed with him in the same area of temporary residence.

“D.B.” told police that within the last few days, Collin Daniel Richards had told him he “had an urge to rape and kill a woman.” The statement was made while the two were walking near the Coldwater Golf Links.

“D.B.” showed police the location of the temporary residence camp, which consisted of two tents in the area near the dead of S. Maple in the 600 block. The camp is located near the north bank of the Squaw Creek, with Coldwater Golf Links located along the south bank of the creek. This placed the camp within close proximity of the golf course. During the investigation, a Boone County Sheriff’s K9 unit track the victim’s scent from where the victim was located to the camp. In particular, the dog located an area of fresh scent around one of the tents in the camp.


Content Goes Here