An ICE spokeswoman, Nicole Navas, said Agyei-Kodie's student visa was revoked in March 2010, and he had been ordered by an immigration judge to be deported. Navas said officials were waiting for travel documents from his native Ghana needed to send him back.

He had fought his deportation and detention in Texas, according to court documents. The proceedings are all sealed, as is the rule for immigration cases.

Agyei-Kodie contested the judge's ruling before the Board of Immigration Appeals and represented himself instead of obtaining a attorney. He lost the case on May 20, 2011, when a judge denied his motion to reconsider the ruling. Back in Maryland, Agyei-Kodie also appealed his conviction in the harassment case, which was pending at the time of his death.

Monica Worrell, a spokeswoman for Harford County's sheriff's office, said that until Friday afternoon, police did not believe the victim had any relatives in the U.S. Detectives were ultimately able to locate an uncle who traveled to Maryland and helped to identify his nephew's remains. Worrell said the Ghanaian embassy was trying to find other relatives in Africa.

Worrell said Kinyua is a U.S. citizen and has been in the country since he was a child. Kinyua attended Loch Raven High School and later Joppatowne High School, where he graduated. Kinyua's senior yearbook photo from 2008 shows a well-groomed, angular young man, with just a hint of chin beard stubble.

Kinyua's father has been a part-time lecturer at Morgan State in the physics department for nearly a decade. Investigators said Thursday that they had questions about whether others in the house knew about the crime, but said Friday that the investigation is continuing. The family has not spoken publicly about the case.

Court records show that the Kinyua family is in financial trouble. Attorneys representing a debt collection agency filed a lawsuit in Harford County Circuit Court in January seeking to foreclose on the house because of missed mortgage payments. The documents do not detail how much the Kinyuas allegedly owe. Their $267,784 loan was issued through now-defunct Countrywide Financial.

Agyei-Kodie's disappearance came just two days after Alexander Kinyua was able to post $220,000 bond in connection with a first-degree assault case last month in which he was accused of "randomly" attacking another student with a baseball bat in a Morgan campus apartment building, according to charging documents. The student suffered a fractured skull and blindness in one eye.

A man named Harold L. Madison helped post some of the bail, putting up a vacant, boarded-up rowhouse in East Baltimore as collateral, according to court records. Reached by phone, Madison said he put up some of the bail money for Kinyua "because he is my nephew," and spoke of his good grades. But he cut the conversation short and couldn't be reached for additional comment.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article. Aegis reporter Allan Vought also contributed.

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