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Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 11 a.m.

Police awaiting autopsy results on U-M medical student found dead

By John Counts


Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old U-M medical student.

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Ann Arbor police Thursday morning said they were waiting for results from an autopsy on the 25-year-old University of Michigan medical student found dead Wednesday before releasing any additional information.

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner was scheduled to perform an autopsy Thursday, Ann Arbor police Lt. Robert Pfannes said.

In the meantime, the man's death is still being investigated as "suspicious," Ann Arbor police said in a media release.

The man was found dead at a home in the 200 block of North Ingalls Street at a building identified as the Phi Rho Sigma fraternity, a co-educational society of U-M medical students.

Police said the 25-year-old medical student failed to arrive as scheduled for an assignment at the Veteran’s Hospital. An associate was sent to check on his whereabouts and called 911 after finding the man deceased, according to police.

Medical school officials also sent out an email to students and faculty notifying them of a student’s death Wednesday afternoon. A U-M crime alert was sent out just before 11 p.m. Wednesday about the incident.

Authorities are not yet releasing the man's name.

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Atlas Shrugged

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:30 p.m.

I knew the young man as one of my students. A wonderful, cheerful, and obviously bright guy. It's really horrible, and I feel very bad for his family and his many friends and colleagues. I think the PD is being properly cautious about not releasing the student's name. It's unfortunate, I think, that the medical school admin DID give his name in an e-mail. The message was sent not too late yesterday evening, and long before the PD most recently stated their intent not to give a name as late as this morning, to many hundreds of faculty and med students.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 11:38 p.m.

Matt, you are echoing exactly what my wife and I have talked about over time. What you said in your reply hit the nail on the head.

Matt Cooper

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:09 p.m.

Condolences to the young mans family, friends and loved ones. I completely agree with not releasing his name regardless of what the UM released. And WalkingJoe, just to offer a thought for you: In my experience reading and posting here for the last few years, I've noticed how, generally speaking, commenters here feel they are entitled to whatever information they want, when they want it, regardless of whether or not it's the proper and/or decent thing to do. I applaud staff for not releasing the name of this young man because in my opinion, when it comes right down to it, it's nobodies business what his name was until and unless the family decides to release it or the prosecutor makes it a criminal case. If it's not a criminal case, we should all leave it be so the family can bury their loved one in peace.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:36 p.m.

Tesla, how about in respect for his family, or don't they count?


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:06 p.m.

Ummm, Atlas. I suspect his name IS important to people that knew him too thats why I don't get what the paper is afraid of. Especially since the University chose to release his name in a mass email to oh I don't know.....more people than read this deal? This place is famous for playing it safe and being last to report the news. I'm sure if I searched other news outlets his name would be clearly mentioned.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5 p.m.

The university released his name last night at 6:16 pm in an official email.

Atlas Shrugged

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:59 p.m.

Ummm, Tesla. Just what did you find incorrect, or simply not to your liking, in what I wrote and how I wrote it? And although the name might not be important to you, I suspect that it is to many people who knew this young man, if for no other reason than for their ability to direct condolences where they are due.

John Counts

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

The university is likewise officially not releasing the name pending the investigation, per a spokesperson I spoke with this morning.