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Body of GVSU student discovered over the weekend, authorities investigating

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Authorities are investigating what is being called a “suspicious death” after the discovery of a Grand Valley State University student’s body over the weekend. Grand Valley State University President, Dr. Philomena V. Mantella, says the body was found in the intramural fields and cross-country trail in Allendale. While the family has been notified, no other details were immediately released out of respect to the family.

"This is a jarring and shocking event for all of us," Mantella said in the release. "This tragedy reminds us of the importance of each member of our university community. Please keep the student’s family in your thoughts and offer your support to those who have lost a friend and fellow student."

Grand Valley police will have additional staff working at the Allendale campus and counselors will be on staff to anybody in need of assistance. University police and the Ottaway County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory, are "aggressively investigating" the incident.

Read Dr. Mantella’s full statement below:

Dear Campus Community:

I am deeply saddened to inform you that the deceased found earlier today on our Allendale Campus, near the intramural fields and cross-country trail, has been identified as a Grand Valley student, and police have notified the family. This is heartbreaking news for our entire community. I offer my deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends. We are not sharing the student's name out of respect for the family.

I want to assure you that we have every resource devoted to the investigation and in support of our campus community. The Grand Valley State Police Department will have additional staff working on the Allendale Campus for the remainder of the weekend. GVSU Counseling Center staff are ready to provide service to anyone who may need assistance. The Dean of Students Office has additional services available and can be contacted at 616-331-3585 or dos@gvsu.edu.

The Grand Valley State Police Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory, are aggressively investigating this incident. While there is a limited number of people on campus because of finals week, anyone with information should contact GVPD at 616-331-3255 or Silent Observer at 877-887-4536.

This is a jarring and shocking event for all of us. This tragedy reminds us of the importance of each member of our university community. Please keep the student’s family in your thoughts and offer your support to those who have lost a friend and fellow student.

Sincerely,

Philomena V. Mantella, President