LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of an 18-year-old Sullivan University student.
Andrew Compton was last seen Oct. 28. His parents have put up fliers with his picture in store windows, on the Internet and Facebook, hoping someone saw something and can tell them where their son is.
"Most of the time, it's all I think about, night and day or I wake up in the middle of the night. Think of, try to think of, some place where he might be, but he had only been here a month," said Compton's mother, Angela Compton. Andrew Compton was a freshman at Sullivan University, studying culinary arts. Classes started in September.
His parents said he often met people online and did so the night he vanished.
Early Tuesday morning, Louisville Metro Police arrested 40-year-old Gregory O'Bryan and charged him with murder.
According to arrest records, a search of Compton's computer found e-mails between Compton and O'Bryan.
Louisville Police have confirmed that Compton and O'Bryan met on a dating website.
Police said surveillance video shows Compton meeting up with O'Bryan at Sullivan University on the night he disappeared.
Police said O'Bryan originally told them that he picked Compton up on Oct. 28, bought alcohol and took him back to his apartment, where they had sex.
O'Bryan told detectives that Compton left his apartment on foot.
On Monday, police executed a search warrant at O'Bryan's apartment. According to arrest records, O'Bryan admitted to detectives that Compton died during sex.
Police said O'Bryan also admitted to having sex with Compton's after his death and to disposing of the body.
O'Bryan is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse.
Police said they are searching the landfill in Indiana for Compton's remains.
Compton graduated from Carmel High School, in Carmel, Ind., this year. Tuesday, John Williams, principal of Carmel High School, issued a statement on Compton's death:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our fellow Greyhounds, Andrew Compton, a 2010 graduate of Carmel High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of great loss. Andrew spoke frequently with his teachers about his passion for the culinary arts. He will be missed by all who knew him.”
O'Bryan's family released a statement Tuesday afternoon that read, "Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Compton family. We ask that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."
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