Updated Sept. 9, 2013 – 12:48 a.m.
A University of Massachusetts student was found dead in a single-room residence on the fourth floor of Washington Tower in the Southwest Residential Area early Saturday afternoon, according to a UMass press release.
UMass police responded to a call for a wellness check around 1 p.m. Saturday and found sophomore Evan Jones, 19, of Milton, in his room, according to the release.
A wellness check is a call made to the local police station when a concerned person cannot contact someone and would like an official to check on his or her well-being.
“There was a request for a wellness check for a student,” UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski told the Daily Hampshire Gazette. “Police went to his room and discovered him deceased.”
Police do not suspect there was any foul play involved.
Since the death was unattended, the state medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Blaguszewski said that the timetable of when autopsy results will be released is dependent on the number of cases the medical examiner’s office has in front of them. The results could take anywhere from a number of days to a couple of weeks, he said.
The residence hall is safe and secure for all residents, according to the release. University staff members are providing counseling and assistance to Washington residents and any other students, faculty and staff who require assistance.
-Collegian News Staff