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Police scour for details leading up to Utah student slaying


Law enforcement officials comb the hills near the mouth of Red Butte Canyon in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in search of the person responsible for fatally shooting a University of Utah student.

Police say they are seeking a 24-year-old suspect.

CAMPUS ALERT: Secure-in-place lifted for all campus.

However, around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Salt Lake City police tweeted, "Suspect in #homicide is in custody". Classes were canceled in respect for Guo but police assure the community that the campus is secure and facilities will remain open. They did not say if he had any connection with the university.

Both Austin Boutain and his wife, Kathleen, are in custody, police said. He was also wanted for questioning in the death of a 63-year-old man whose body was found in a trailer in Golden, Colorado.


Guo served as a missionary in Provo and volunteered as a foreign language interpreter for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and recently persuaded his parents to join the church, Comrie said. About 175 students had to shelter in the library Monday night because they couldn't return to their homes.

Tam said Guo also wowed his friends on the dance floor with hip hop moves.

Austin Boutain is a suspect in the fatal shooting of ChenWei Guo, a Beijing native the university described as "extraordinarily outgoing, creative, smart & extremely engaged".

The University of Utah campus is eerily quiet this Halloween day.

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