A Springdale man has been arrested in the 2006 killing of Fayetteville resident Nina Ingram, a 21-year-old college student found strangled in her apartment.
Rico Tavarous Cohn, 26, faces a charge of capital murder, according to a news release Wednesday night form the Fayetteville Police Department.
Police were led to Cohn as the result of a lead generated by media coverage of the case, the news release states. The police department had scheduled a news conference for Thursday night, but cancelled it and issued the written news release instead.
Judy Ingram said Fayetteville police traveled to her home in Dallas Wednesday to tell her a person has been arrested in her daughter’s death.
Nina Ingram, a business student at NorthWest Arkansas Community Colllege, was found strangled April 22, 2006, in her apartment at what then was known as the Law Quad Apartments at 701 W. Sycamore St. The complex is now called Club at the Creek.
One of her brothers and his friend found her body after they crawled through an unlocked window, police said. They went to the apartment to check on Ingram after the family couldn’t reach her by phone.
Judy Ingram told 5NEWS Wednesday she felt good about developments in the case.
“I’ve been overwhelmed,” she said. “There’s a lot of emotion. It’s something you need to soak in. I’m thankful to everyone and to God that made this possible.”
Despite continued investigating by police, Ingram’s murder had gone unsolved for six years. In April, a new detective was assigned to work solely on solving the case.