Illinois State University Police Investigating 2 Student Deaths www.privateofficer.com
NORMAL IL March 24 2012 – Illinois State campus Police and the McLean County Coroner’s office are investigating a pair of deaths on the ISU campus Thursday night.
ISU Spokesman Jay Groves said the first was reported about 9:30 p.m. Thursday inside Manchester Hall, the second was reported after 12 a.m. at Hewitt Hall, but said they are unrelated. Groves said this is a very unusual circumstance.
“So, this morning at 7 a.m., Dr. Al Bowman sent an e-mail to all students, faculty and staff, as well as out on social media assuring them that these were incidents that were not connected and that there was no foul play whatsoever involved, no criminal activity involved,” Grove said. “Usually with a student’s death, we would notify the campus community in other ways, but because of the unusual circumstances of proximity and timing, we did not want misinformation spread, particularly throughout the social media, so Dr. Bowman made the decision to send the e-mail.”
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said the Manchester Hall death was a 19-year-old sophomore from Schaumburg and the Hewitt Hall death was a 19-year-old male freshman from Wilmette. She confirmed the two were unrelated and did not know each other.
Kimmerling said autopsies may be done Friday.
Groves said there are counselors on campus.