U.S. woman Erica Faith Hagan was found dead in her apartment Saturday as police are still investigating the scene.
According to The Inquisítr, Hagan was a bubble of energy who visited Chile three years before to do missionary work with classmates. College officials reported that Hagan’s father was on his way to Chile. Authorities believe she may have been murdered.
Erica Faith Hagan, 22, worked at a Baptist school in the small Chilean city of Temuco. She was found dead in the bathroom of her apartment.
Cristian Paredes, the local attorney, told the Chilean newspaper El Tiempo:
“Physical examinations show at least three lesions in her head … we’re likely to be facing a homicide.”
The police working the scene where Erica Faith Hagan was found dead haven’t ruled out sexual assault.
The apartment she was found in, which belongs to the school, also had traces of a fire-possibly intended to erase evidence, police suggested.
Homicide investigator Hernán Solís said:
“We’re still working at the scene. The assistance of the fire department was sought … to determine the cause and origin of the fire.”
Erica Faith Hagan, who graduated from Kentucky’s Georgetown College with a degree in psychology, grew up in Murray, in the western part of the state.
She minored in Spanish and had traveled to Chile once before being accepted to a teaching exchange program between Georgetown College and the Colegio Bautisto of Temuco, about 425 miles south of Santiago.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, both Georgetown College and Colegio Bautisto will suspended classes for several days after Erica Faith Hagan was found dead.
U.S. Consul Jeffrey Vick traveled to Temuco to make arrangement for the repatriation of her remains to Kentucky. Vick said:
“These incidents, unfortunately, happen in every country … Our responsibility is to take care of our fellow citizens.”
Erica Faith Hagan wrote a blog called “¿Donde en el Mundo?” (“Where in the World?”). The last post, added the day before her body was discovered, was about culture shock, and she listed a few of the things she found disconcerting about Chile, including the residents’ breakfast habits and the way they point with their lips.
Before Erica Faith Hagan was found dead, her words are still written on the blog. While she considered Chile’s physical beauty “God’s masterpiece,” nevertheless, she wrote, “I love my old Kentucky home.” She was expected to return to the U.S. in December.