Police have evidence that slain UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko was with a possible suspect when she arrived in Mount Holly on May 5, according to her brother Pavel Yarmolenko.
Pavel Yarmolenko would not discuss details of evidence, such as whether a witness saw his 20-year-old sister with a possible suspect somewhere in Mount Holly.
In the two weeks since Ira Yarmolenko was killed, police have not disclosed any evidence of her whereabouts between 10:50 a.m., when she was seen at Jackson's Java near campus, and 1:15 p.m., when two jet skiers found her body on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly.
"There's certainly evidence," Pavel Yarmolenko said Sunday. "The police have evidence she was with someone when she came into Mount Holly. And I'm sure that will become evident very soon."
Ira Yarmolenko's body was found lying next to her dark-blue Saturn, which had traveled into the woods behind the Stowe Family YMCA and Water's Edge Development and then down a steep embankment, where it crashed into stump a few feet from the river. She died of asphyxiation, according to police.
Her older brother Pavel, who is a graduate student at Duke University, said his family is not privy to every detail in the case.
Pavel Yarmolenko said he isn't certain of the killer's identity, but he thinks the killer is a man, who was a stranger or not very familiar with his sister.