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Student found dead in dorm UTRGV Police: No foul play suspected

The body of a 20-year-old UTRGV student is removed from The Village apartments in Edinburg. LESLEY ROBLES/THE RIDER
The body of a 20-year-old UTRGV student is removed from The Village apartments in Edinburg. LESLEY ROBLES/THE RIDER

UTRGV Police Chief Raul Munguia confirmed that a 20-year-old Hispanic male student was found dead today at The Village apartments in Edinburg.

“Upon touch, it was evident that the subject was deceased,” Munguia said during a news conference this afternoon. “Our department right now is conducting an investigation. It does not appear at this stage of the investigation that there’s any foul play.”

He said the death appears to have been natural causes.

The last time the student was seen alive was around 7 p.m. Tuesday, the chief said.

Munguia said the medical examiner has removed the body and will conduct an autopsy.

“It’ll be several weeks before we get the report back,” he said. “Once we get that initial report, it will assist us with our investigation.”

Patrick Gonzales, assistant vice president of University Marketing and Communications, confirmed that the subject was a 20-year-old UTRGV student.

“At 11:54 a.m., our police department received a call of a subject down in one of the rooms at The Village apartments,” Gonzales said. “We are not revealing the name of the student until we get permission from the parents.”

He said the parents of the student have been notified.

“The medical examiner pronounced the student deceased,” Gonzales said. “There’s no foul play suspected. … The reason for that is that there seems to be no evidence of a struggle. The apartment was in immaculate condition. … The body was actually found by a roommate who quickly called the police.”

Gonzales said: “As a UTRGV community, we’re obviously saddened by this news. We ask the campus community to keep the student’s family and friends in your prayers. We encourage any students who need any type of grievance counseling to contact our counseling center.”

The UTRGV Counseling Center phone number is 882-3897 in Brownsville and 665-2574 in Edinburg.

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