Investigators complete examination of slain UF student's car

A vigil will for Saleha Huuda be held today in the amphitheater at the Reitz Union.


Published: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 10:46 p.m.

Detectives continue to investigate the death of 21-year-old University of Florida student Saleha Huuda but say no breakthroughs or arrests are expected this weekend.

Huuda's body was found on Dec. 30 at a brush fire. Alachua County sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey declined Friday to say what the cause of death was.

"I don't anticipate there being anything over the weekend," Forgey said. "They are making headway in it. They have interviewed a lot of people. We have not gotten a report back from the medical examiner."

ASO forensics experts are nearly finished examining Huuda's car for possible clues into her death.

Meanwhile, a vigil will be held at 7 tonight in the amphitheater at the Reitz Union. The vigil will feature remembrances by friends, a video montage and possibly a dance performance.

Huuda's badly burned body was found early in the morning on Dec. 30 near the Gainesville Raceway. Her car was found early Monday evening in the 1500 block of Southwest 42nd Street.

Since the remains were recovered, all of the Alachua County sheriff's detectives have worked on some aspect of the case, Forgey said. It is being investigated as a homicide.

"We are still actively working on this case every day and are conducting interviews," Forgey said.

Huuda, a senior majoring in family, youth and community sciences at UF, was a competitive cheerleader on a UF club team, and she was active in campus dance groups. She was on track to graduate this spring after completing a practicum volunteering with children.

Alachua County detectives are asking anyone with information about Huuda's death to call 955-1818.

Callers also may remain anonymous and be eligible to receive a reward of as much as $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 372-STOP (7867)

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