Iowa City police believe a body discovered Sunday is that of a University of Iowa political science professor, who vanished last Tuesday. Arthur Miller’s disappearance lead to an extensive search of Hickory Hill Park.
The 66-year-old was accused of offering higher grades to four female students in exchange for sexual favors. A Linn County search and recovery team member found the body. Iowa City Police Sergeant Mike Brotherton says the body was only a few hundred yards from where Miller’s car was parked.
Sergeant Brotherton says, “You would not see the body unless you ventured onto this deer path and then looked. Once you’re about thirty yards in, you would see it clearly, then.” Police report the body was decomposing and appeared to have a head injury.
Investigators found a rifle under the body. Brotherton says the man was wearing clothing that matched what the professor was last seen wearing, and they also found a yellow blanket, similar to one a witness claimed to see Miller carry into the park.
“At this point, everything points to that being Mr. Miller but we want to make sure,” he says. An autopsy should clear up many remaining questions about the exact cause, time and date of death. The medical examiner should have some preliminary autopsy results today.