Alina Sheykhet was found dead in her off-campus home, police ruled her death a homicide
The discovery of the body of college student by her visiting parents in her Pittsburgh home Sunday morning, has developed into a homicide investigation
Police said Alina Sheykhet was found unresponsive on the second floor of her Oakland home just before 9 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said Sheykhet died from blunt force trauma and the death has been ruled a homicide.
The 20-year-old was a physical therapist student at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Now police say they are trying to locate her ex-boyfriend. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said in a statement Monday afternoon that Sheykhet filed a Protection From Abuse order against 21-year-old Matthew Darby last month after he broke into her Cable Place apartment.
Darby who was arrested on Sept. 26 in connection to the break-in has not been charged in Sheykhet’s death but detectives wish to speak with him and are seeking the public’s help in locating him.
Alina Sheykhet’s ex-boyfriend, Matthew Darby has been flagged as a person on interest in her death
Speaking with WPXI the victim’s brother, Artem, said that he found out about her death. His parents went to pick up Sheykhet from her home but her roommates told them she was still asleep, Artem said. When she didn’t answer her bedroom door, their father kicked the door in and found her on the floor.
A neighbours in the area heard or saw anything suspicious going on at the house which they said had been rented out just a month prior, CBS News reported.
“I feel so bad because I saw a guy and a lady, they were crying so loud … I think (they were) the mother and the father,” Nancy D’andrea said.
Police activity at the off campus residence where University of Pittsburgh student was found dead, Sunday
Police said they are following leads, but it’s too early to determine a suspect.
“We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence,” Chief of Police Scott Schubert said in a statement. “There is no continued threat to Oakland residents and the university communities. However, releasing additional details at this time could be detrimental to the investigation. As with each homicide investigation, our primary interest is collecting sufficient evidence that can be successfully used in a court of law. I encourage anyone with information that could be helpful to call police headquarters and speak to a Violent Crime Unit Detective.”
In a statement, the University of Pittsburgh said the school was “saddened and extends its deepest sympathies to the student’s family and those who knew her.”