Man charged with murder after former ISU golfer found dead

Collin Richards, charged with first-degree murder. (Story County Jail)

One man has been arrested and charged in the murder of former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Armozamena.

The 22-year-old's body was found at Coldwater Golf Course at 1400 South Grand Avenue in Ames on Monday.

Golfers say they found a golf bag with no one around and called police. Armozamena's body was found "some distance away" from the bag in a pond with multiple stab wounds to her upper torso, head, and back.

Collin Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder.

A criminal complaint says Richards was living in a tent in a temporary camp near the golf course and that he had allegedly told an acquaintance about his "urge to rape and kill a woman." Officers say Richards had several scratches on his face and a deep laceration on his left hand. They recovered a knife in his possession.

Armozamena was the Iowa State's Female Athlete of the Year after winning a Big 12 golf title last season.


The ISU women's golf team has withdrawn from a tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan and returned to campus following the new of her death.

Armozamena was a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain.

Richards is being held on a $5 million cash-only bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 28. If convictedof first-degree murder, he would spend life in prison with no chance of parole.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Ames Police Department at 319-239-5133. You may also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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