HARMONTOWN, MS. (THECOUNT) — Alexandria “Ally” Kostial from St. Louis, Missouri, the University of Mississippi student whose body was found Saturday morning 30 miles from campus, was shot eight times, according to local news reports.

According to a Jackson news outlet, the 21-year-old’s body appeared to have been shot as many as eight times. Kostial’s body was found by a Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy patrolling near the rural community of Harmontown, near Sardis Lake in northwestern Lafayette County, reports MagnoliaStateLive.


The University of Mississippi student was found dead in Harmontown, Mississippi on Friday.

Kostial, 21, was found dead Friday by Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputies who were on routine patrol, according to reports.

Authorities did say they believe foul play was involved.

The University of Mississippi confirmed Kostial attended the school.

Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks released the following statement Sunday:

“We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial. Ally was a valued member of our campus community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates and stand ready to support them during this time. We appreciate the work of the Lafayette County Sherriff’s Department and Coroner as they conduct their investigation,” reports WMCActionNews5.

Kostial was working toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Unit are actively working the case. They are being assisted by the University of Mississippi Police Department and The Oxford Police Department.
Anyone with possible information on the case should contact police at 911 immediately.


Geo quick facts: Harmontown is an unincorporated community in Lafayette County, Mississippi. In the hill country of North Mississippi, Harmontown is located in the northwest corner of Lafayette County, just off MS 310 and just to the north of Sardis Lake – Wikipedia.