Nursing student, 22, found beaten to death after dads chilling warning to judge

A 22-year-old college student from Mississippi was found beaten to death and wrapped in a sheet in the backseat of her car last week — days after her father warned a judge that if her boyfriend was let out of jail he would kill her.Lauren Johansen’s body was discovered mutilated and wrapped in trash bags and a sheet on July 3 in the Wolf River Cemetery in Harrison County, news station WLOX reported.Her father says that the man charged in her murder, boyfriend Bricen Rivers, had just bonded out of jail days earlier after he was held for aggravated kidnapping for brutally beating her and holding her hostage during a December trip to Nashville.

“I sat in the courtroom in Nashville and told the judge that if they let him out, he was going to kill her,” the slain student’s father, Lance Johansen, told WLOX.“He had assaulted her — this was probably the fifth or sixth time where they would get into a fight and he would beat her.”Rivers, 23, now faces a murder charge and is being held on a $1 million bond.

He was arrested last Thursday, July 4, following a six-hour manhunt, NOLA.com reported.Lauren Johansen, who is originally from Gulfport, was attending the University of Southern Mississippi to get a nursing degree, said her father, who is an orthopedic surgeon.

The 22-year-old was first reported missing early the morning of July 2 when her sister woke up alone in their shared Hattiesburg apartment with the front door wide-open and their security camera smashed.That same morning, her father woke up to a notification that her Life360, a location tracking app, had been turned off.

He reported her missing to the Hattiesburg Police Department and the next day, officers informed him that they located her car in a nearby cemetery.“I knew she was dead,” Lance Johansen told WLOX, detailing how she was found wrapped up in trash bags in the backseat of her car.“She was basically beaten to death.

Her face was smashed in, her head was smashed in, she was b...

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