The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 15, 2014

UC - Beckley student found dead in her dorm room

Police say nothing appears suspicious

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— A University of Charleston - Beckley student was found dead inside her dorm room at Hogan Hall around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Beckley Police.

Detective Cpl. M.G. Bragg said the student’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification to her family.

“Nothing appears to be suspicious,” Bragg said. “We are still in the early stages of investigation.”

The student’s body is being sent to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of a University of Charleston - Beckley student who was found deceased in her room in Hogan Hall today,” UC President Dr. Ed Welch said Wednesday.

“This is truly a heartbreaking situation for many people. We are meeting with UC - Beckley students, faculty and staff at this time to help them deal with this tragedy. The University will provide further comment, as appropriate, when more information is available.”

UC Communications Director Scott Castleman said the university is working to help students deal with the situation and a counselor will be available to any student wishing to talk.