New evidence, new mystery in dragging death of ASU student

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 16 at 11:44 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe investigators have a new lead -- and a new mystery -- in the case of an Arizona State University student who was dragged to death during a robbery back in May.

Kyleigh Sousa, 21, was approached by a man outside a Tempe IHOP restaurant very early the morning of May 26. The man grabbed Sousa's purse, and then jumped into a car and drove away. Sousa got tangled up in the strap of the purse and was dragged. She later died of her injuries.

Police have been trying to find out who is responsible for Sousa's death, but so far, they've come up empty despite hundreds of tips.

Now they have a new lead -- a driver's license that was in Sousa's purse when it was stolen. That license, which belonged to a friend of Sousa's, has turned up after being dropped in a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in the Phoenix-Metro area.

"What we're trying to figure out now is who found that driver's license ... and where it was located," said Sgt. Steve Carbajal of the Tempe Police Department. "We're hoping that might lead us to other clues."

The person to whom the license belongs was present the night Sousa was dragged, Carbajal said.

"It is someone we have spoken to about the incident," he explained. "The driver's license was turned in to a U.S. Postal Service mailbox kind of loosely -- not in an envelope. It was actually returned to the owner by the U.S. Postal Service."

The license was likely mailed some time between May 26 and June 20.

"We're asking that individual [who placed the license in the mailbox] to come forward and assist in the investigation," Carbajal said. "We still need that tip that's going to break the case wide open. We're hoping this driver's license and the area in which it was located will bring us to new clues that will help us solve this case."

If you know anything about the mailed driver's license, you can call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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