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An Austin man tried to kill himself after police say he killed his girlfriend.

Cassandra Clark's body was discovered Sunday at the Lantana Ridge Apartments on William Cannon Drive near Southwest Parkway in Southwest Austin.

Police say 27-year-old, Ryan Kyle Clarke, tried to kill himself at a Williamson County park Saturday night. They are not related.

A Williamson County Sheriff Deputy saw an unconscious Clarke in his car covered in blood with a knife in his right hand and his left wrist cut.

Clarke was taken to Seton Medical Center. There, he admitted to a social worker that he hurt someone. That social worker called 911 and that's how police found Cassandra Clark's body in the bedroom.

Police say there were obvious signs on trauma all over the victim's body which was in the bedroom. Police also described the scene as a "violent bloodletting event."

Police say the two were dating and moved to Austin from Wisconsin.

It was also not the first time for police to be at that apartment. In April of 2011, an officer responded after the two were fighting and Clarke apparently threw something at Cassandra's head.

That officer said the apartment was in shambles. He saw a couch was overturned and a table knocked over.

Neighbors like, Miguel Azurin and Annette Bell, say that is a safe area and are shocked such a crime happened there.

"They were dragging the body and that was disturbing to see that cause I was hanging out here with my dog. Yeah that was pretty disturbing," said Azurin.

"Yeah it shocks me, I can't believe it. It's always been really quiet around here," Bell said.

Police don't have a motive yet because Clarke has not given a statement.

He is charged with murder and is in the Travis County jail. His bond is set at $100,000. If convicted, he could face up to 99 years in prison.

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