Catherine Mary Helen Johnson was found dead in her University of Portland dorm room on May 29. The investigation into her death continues. No one has been arrested.
Now, KOIN-TV reports, the president of the university, David Tyson, has issued an e-mail warning students and staff not to talk to the press about the case or be kicked off campus. Kathleen Campbell, the public relations flack for the Catholic university, defended Tyson's memo, which some students decried as censorship. Campbell tells KOIN that the memo was intended to prevent faculty and students from revealing information that would jeopardize the investigation.
An autopsy revealed that the 19-year-old Johnson was sexually assaulted and strangled. There were no signs of forced entry to her dorm room. The building required a security card for entry. KOIN reported that police had asked some U of P staff members to provide DNA samples.