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Slain Student’s Father Frustrated by Pace

June 2, 2006

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The father of a college student who was strangled with a bikini top a week ago says he doesn’t think the investigation into her killing is moving fast enough. ``I would hope that everyone is doing everything possible and then some,″ Jim Souers said. ``Someone needs to be found.″

Tiffany Souers’ body was discovered by a former roommate about 12 hours after authorities think the Clemson University junior was killed in her apartment early on May 26.

Jim Souers expressed his frustration during a telephone interview with The Associated Press after his 20-year-old daughter’s funeral Thursday in Ladue, Mo.

A prosecutor said Thursday that a young man had been identified as a suspect but that authorities would wait until Friday to release his photo.

Authorities have said there was no sign of forced entry. They have not said whether Souers was sexually assaulted.

Prosecutor Bob Ariail said authorities were waiting to release the suspect’s photo because officials needed time to enhance it. He also said they had to complete plans for a tip line and make sure there was staff to answer phones.

Ariail would not say if the suspect was a student, but said he was confident the young man would not flee.

On Thursday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Souers’ hometown in Missouri for her funeral.

``She was just an extraordinary child. She loved life,″ family friend Delia Garcia said. ``She could have done anything she set her mind to. The world was at her feet.″

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Associated Press Writer Cheryl Wittenauer contributed to this report from Ladue, Mo.

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