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Posted on Thu, Dec 3, 2009 : 1:57 p.m.

Body of missing University of Michigan Law School student found

By Lee Higgins

A University of Michigan Law School student reported missing last month hanged himself, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.

The body of 35-year-old Casey Neil McGinnis was found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area behind the Washtenaw County Recreation Center on Washtenaw Avenue, deputies said.

Recreation center employees contacted the sheriff's department to report a car had been parked in the lot for a couple weeks, said Derrick Jackson, the sheriff's department's director of community engagement.

Deputies responded Wednesday and discovered it was McGinnis' car, Jackson said. They searched the area and found the body about 80 yards behind the building, Jackson said.

It's unclear when McGinnis died. The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating, Jackson said.

McGinnis' family members contacted Ann Arbor police Nov. 12 to report him missing. McGinnis, who lived at an apartment on Prospect Street in Ann Arbor, hadn't contacted family members since the previous day, and they were concerned for his well-being.


Dwight Lang

Fri, Dec 4, 2009 : 1:46 p.m.

My thoughts certainly go out to Mr. McGinnis's family. As we teach in and around the university we need to be continually aware of stresses and strains our students work under.


Fri, Dec 4, 2009 : 9:02 a.m.

So sad, and in response to a previous comment, the man's disappearance has been covered in local news. Perhaps the police weren't sharing a lot with the public because they suspected something of this nature had occurred. Sincere condolences to Mr. McGinnis' loved ones.


Fri, Dec 4, 2009 : 7:58 a.m.

Wow, why are we only hearing about a missing student now? Usually these events are quickly publicized so that people could help with the search. If that had happened, someone might have connected the abandoned car with the student. A lot of people dropped the ball here. My condolences to the family. How tragic.


Thu, Dec 3, 2009 : 5:08 p.m.

What a shame. My condolences to the family as well.


Thu, Dec 3, 2009 : 4:18 p.m.

My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. McGinnis. It confounds me, though, that the Rec Center would let that car sit there for TWO WEEKS without reporting it sooner. How tragic.