Police are trying to locate the ex-boyfriend of a Pittsburgh college student found dead in her home Sunday morning.
Alina Sheykhet, 20, was found unresponsive on the second floor of her Oakland home just before 9 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police said in a statement Monday afternoon that Alina filed a Protection From Abuse order against 21-year-old Matthew Darby last month after he broke into her Cable Place apartment.
Darby was arrested on Sept. 26 in connection to the break-in. Police said he has not been charged in Alina’s death but detectives wish to speak with him and are asking the public’s help in locating him.
Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said earlier Monday that Sheykhet died from blunt force trauma and the death has been ruled a homicide.
Sheykhet attended the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania as a physical therapist student.
Her brother, Artem, told WPXI that he found out about her death on his 25th birthday.
According to Artem, his parents went to pick up Sheykhet from her home but her roommates told them she was still asleep. When she didn’t answer her bedroom door, their father kicked the door in and found her on the floor.
A neighbor told CBS News that no one in the area heard or saw anything suspicious going on at the house.
“I feel so bad because I saw a guy and a lady, they were crying so loud … I think (they were) the mother and the father,” Nancy D’andrea said.
Another neighbor told the outlet that the home had been rented out last month, but they didn’t know much about the people living there.
Police said they are following leads, but it’s too early to determine a suspect.
“We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence,” Chief of Police Scott Schubert said in a statement. “There is no continued threat to Oakland residents and the university communities. However, releasing additional details at this time could be detrimental to the investigation. As with each homicide investigation, our primary interest is collecting sufficient evidence that can be successfully used in a court of law. I encourage anyone with information that could be helpful to call police headquarters and speak to a Violent Crime Unit Detective.”
The University of Pittsburgh released a statement saying the campus was “saddened and extends its deepest sympathies to the student’s family and those who knew her.”