Brockport student found dead
Female student found in McLean Hall early this morning
Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012 20:09
A female student was found dead in McLean Hall Saturday morning, according to College at Brockport officials.
College spokesman Dave Mihalyov said University Police found the woman shortly before 3 a.m. in her dorm room and are calling it a "suspicious death."
"University Police found her early this morning," Mihalyov said. "It didn't come up how they found her."
UP declined to comment, saying all information released to the pubic goes through Mihalyov.
Resident Assistants are on duty until 2 a.m. on weekends and Night Desk Attendants, who keep an eye on students filtering back in and sign in students who don't live in the hall, stay on desk until 3 a.m. All doors other than the front ones are locked after 7 p.m., so all students must come in the front door.
The death is being deemed "suspicious" based on circumstances surrounding it, meaning it didn't occur from natural causes, Mihalyov said. Monroe County Sheriff's Office is assisting University Police with the investigation.
The name of the student has not been released. Mihalyov said University Police Chief Robert Kehoe will probably release it late this afternoon or early evening when the family has been notified and identified the body. Mihalyov said the family is on its way to Rochester.
McLean Hall is a freshman dorm. It wasn't confirmed the student was a freshman, but she did have a roommate and lived on the first floor. Graduate students and Resident Assistants who live in McLean live in singles.
The door to McLean is being manned and all shades in the common rooms are drawn as well as four of the windows near the crime scene. The sidewalk was blocked off on the west side, nearest the parking lot. Officials and sheriff cars were closer to the MacFarlane Hall end of McLean.
Counselors are going floor by floor talking to the students. Mihalyov said the students weren't woken up immediately, but had to be woken up at some point this morning.
They are not being kept in the residence hall. Many were seen leaving around 9:30 a.m. with purses and full backpacks.
A temporary hotline is available for parents with questions and concerns. Mihalyov said the hotline is being monitored by Resident Directors and Resident Assistants. He said it was set up for concerned parents who can't get in touch with their children. The person taking the phone call takes down the name and number and someone tracks down the child.
That number is 585-734-3925.