Murder arrest in case of a missing Sullivan student; police searching landfill

Gregory O'Bryan (Source: Louisville Metro Police)
Gregory O'Bryan (Source: Louisville Metro Police)
Police searching landfill in Medora, Indiana
Police searching landfill in Medora, Indiana
LMPD detectives search O'Bryan's apartment
LMPD detectives search O'Bryan's apartment

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police have made an arrest for murder in the death of missing Sullivan University student Andrew Compton. Gregory O'Bryan, 40, was arrested at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

According to an arrest report, O'Bryan and Compton had exchanged emails before meeting in person. Andrew Compton was last seen on surveillance video leaving his dorm Oct. 28th.

Police say O'Bryan told them first that he picked Compton up, bought alcohol and took Compton back to his apartment, where they had sex. He told police Compton then walked away from his apartment.

[Gregory O'Bryan Arrest Report]

Police say they executed a search warrant on O'Bryan's apartment on Nov. 8. According to the arrest report, that's when O'Bryan admitted Compton died during the sexual encounter and told police he disposed of the body.

At a 2:45 p.m. press conference on Tuesday, LMPD spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vincent Robison said the investigation is ongoing, and they're still searching for Compton's body.

LMPD spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vincent Robison says police suspected foul play on Monday and continued to interview O'Bryan. Based on what he told them, they believe he disposed of the body in a dumpster, but they don't know which dumpster. They believe Compton's body may have been taken to the landfill in Medora.

Detectives with LMPD's homicide division continued searching the landfill late Tuesday afternoon, using rakes to sift through the refuse. Their search will continue until nightfall, if Andrew's body is not located, the search will resume Wednesday morning..

Robison says they plan to utilize the 51 members of the latest LMPD recruit class to help search for Compton's body.

Robison says police believe Compton met O'Bryan on a dating website but at this point they don't know the name of the site.

O'Bryan has no significant criminal history.

Following the news of Compton's death, John Williams, his high school principal, released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our fellow Greyhounds, Andrew Compton, a 2010 graduate of Carmel High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of great loss. Andrew spoke frequently with his teachers about his passion for the culinary arts. He will be missed by all who knew him."

WAVE 3 spoke with a man who did want his identity revealed.  He lives in the same building as O'Bryan and says he dated O'Bryan 15 years ago. He told WAVE 3 O'Bryan had reputation.

"He definitely was attracted to younger boys," said the unidentified man.

The O'Bryan family did release a statement saying, their sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Compton family.

We'll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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