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UPDATE: Suspect Detained in Connection with Ole Miss Student Homicide

By Talbert Toole
Lifestyles Editor
talbert.toole@hottytoddy.com

Editor’s Note: This story was updated Tuesday 11:12 a.m. with additional information from the Lafayette County Sherrif’s Department

Photo by Talbert Toole.

A suspect has been detained in the ongoing investigation of the murder of Ole Miss student Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri. Local news outlets are reporting Brandon Theesfeld, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, was charged with murder. 

However, when Hottytoddy.com checked the booking docket at the Lafayette County Detention Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Theesfeld’s charges had been whited out and placed with “invest.”

According to jail officials, the term means an investigator is working on the case. 

Theesfeld was arrested by Lafayette County Sheriff deputy Jarrett Bundren Monday at 3:45 p.m., according to the docket.

The Lafayette County Sheriff Department confirmed Tuesday that Theesfeld was arrested in connection with Kostial’s Murder. Thessfeld will go before Circuit Court Judge Tuesday morning for an initial appearance.

Kostial was found in Harmontown Saturday by a Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy.

According to a press release, at about 10:23 a.m. Saturday, a deputy making a routine patrol in Harmontown found the body of a woman who has been identified as Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said it is “apparent that foul play was involved.”

Kostial was studying marketing at the University of Mississippi.

Investigators with Sheriff’s Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, the Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Unit are actively working the case being assisted by the University of Mississippi Police Department and the Oxford Police Department.

This is a developing story. Follow Hottytoddy.com for updates.


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