24-year-old Michael Cadogan was arrested on June 21, 2021 after 19-year-old Gianna Delgado was found dead in a vehicle that Michael was driving. Gianna was a student at High Point University in North Carolina.
Michael allegedly strangled Gianna to death during an argument and planned to dispose of her body in Tennessee.
Authorities received word that Michael may be traveling in Tennessee with a dead body in the car. Michael was spotted in Carter County, Tennessee and pulled over by police.
During the traffic stop authorities say they found the dead body of Gianna in the car.
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High Point University released the following statement:
"The entire High Point University family is incredibly saddened to learn of the recent passing of student Gianna Delgado. The HPU community grieves with and extends their sympathies to her friends and family.
"The university learned that the student, who did not live on campus, passed away due to what police are investigating as possible domestic violence at a private, unaffiliated apartment complex in north High Point. The suspect is not a student and is in police custody. There is no record of the suspect ever visiting campus.
"The health and safety of the campus community is HPU’s top priority. Our Counseling and Student Life team are located on the third floor of the Slane Student Center and are available to assist students in need, on campus and remotely. President Qubein has also reached out to the Delgado family to offer HPU's prayers, assistance and support during this difficult time."
Michael is charged with abuse of a corpse, with possible homicide charges pending from High Point Police in North Carolina.
He is being held in the Carter County Detention Center with no bond.