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Student from Pittsburgh found dead in Chicago dorm

on February 17, 2014 10:30 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The body of a male University of Chicago student from Pennsylvania — who police say had been dead for some time — was found in his campus dorm room over the weekend, university officials said Sunday.

Chicago police spokesman Mike Sullivan said officers found the body at the university building around 4:15 p.m. on Saturday. He didn’t have further details on the state of the body or the investigation.

The deceased was identified as third-year student Nicholas Brastins Barnes, 20, of Pittsburgh, university officials said. He was found in his room at the International House on campus, which is a residential and program center.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office said the results of a Sunday autopsy were inconclusive and toxicology reports are pending.

There was no evidence of foul play, according to a campuswide email sent to students from Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services. She said the cause of death was under investigation. No further details about the death or condition of the body were released.

“University staff are making every effort to understand the circumstances surrounding Nicholas’ death,” Coleman’s email said.

Barnes was majoring in Germanic studies and had studied in Austria in the fall of 2012, undergraduate Dean of Students Susan Art wrote to students, staff and faculty in another email. She noted his involvement in the campus literary publication called Sliced Bread Magazine.

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