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Penn State Student Found Dead in Dorm Room

by on January 09, 2018 8:59 PM

A Penn State student was found dead in his Miller Hall dorm room Monday night, as first reported by The Daily Collegian and confirmed by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers. Miller Hall is part of Eastview Terrace, the campus’s single-occupant apartment complex.

“Unfortunately, there was a student death discovered last evening in a residence hall room in Eastview Terrace and the Centre County coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine cause of death,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.

William Denton, 19, a sophomore studying health policy/administration at Penn State, was found dead by university police. Police were conducting a "wellness check" at the request of Denton's family.

"Our deepest sympathy is offered to William's family and friends during this time of great sadness and loss," Powers said.

The Daily Collegian also reported the incident coincides with a report on the Penn State Police crime log that lists a call to Miller Hall for possession of an unknown drug, possession of paraphernalia, health and safety, and RFA-request for assistance. Sayers said that Denton likely died Sunday evening but wasn't found until Monday night. A cause of death won't be known for several weeks.

Denton was a member of Alpha Omega Tau fraternity, according to Powers.


Elissa Hill is managing editor for Onward State.
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