Chile Reporting — 16 September 2014

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Elizabeth Trovall

Chilean police have taken into custody Temuco school security guard Domingo Cofré Ferrada, 44, as the suspected killer of Georgetown College graduate Erica Hagan.

Saturday, September 6th the 22-year-old from Kentucky was discovered dead, with lesions to the head, in the bathtub of her on-campus apartment at Colegio Bautista in Temuco, Chile.

According to the local prosecutor’s office, Cofré, who was on guard at the school on the night Hagan died, struck Hagan multiple times on her head with an iron poker, causing her death.

Afterwards, Cofré allegedly submerged Hagan’s body in the bathtub with hot water and attempted to burn “evidence” in the apartment stove.

Cofré had been working as a security guard at Colegio Bautista for two months.

Despite the arrest, the case has not been concluded as police found DNA evidence of another person on the iron poker used to kill Hagan, head of Temuco’s homicide unit Hernán Solís told local daily La Tercera.

Cofré has been charged with both homicide and arson. The trial is slated to take place in three months as the investigation continues.

Erica in Chile

In May, Erica Faith Hagan graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in Psychology. She arrived in Chile in late July to help teach English at Colegio Bautista as part of an exchange program with her university. It was Hagan’s second time in Chile.

During her time in Chile, Hagan kept a blog chronicling her experiences.

In its single entry, Hagan discusses cultural differences between the US and Chile, her love for her home state Kentucky and her passion for adventure.

I love being from Kentucky. I love being able to come back from wherever I’ve been and call that sweet bluegrass state my home. Though in reality, staying put has never been in my blood,” Hagan said.

Her post ends with observations she made during a recent trip to local hot springs with teachers at her school.

While Kentucky has the Appalachia Mountains they are nothing compared to the Andes. See, Appalachia has a nice slow rolling hill progression into the mountains on both sides. In contrast, the Andes appear to be jutting up straight from the ground out of nothing. It’s really quite a sight to take in.”

Cofré has been charged with both homicide and arson.

The trial is slated to take place in three months as the investigation continues.

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