A decomposing body of a University of Southern California (UNC) student was discovered on Thursday by a school maintenance man, and authorities say the student may have been dead for up to a week.
New York Post reports that detectives identified the student as Jacob Kelley, 24, a student in the master’s program of medical physiology. The maintenance worker told Detective David Alvarez that he noticed a horrific smell coming from Kelley’s dorm room. When authorities open the door to Kelley’s room in Seaver Residence Hall, the deceased student was inside.
Paramedics pronounced Kelley dead at 2:18 p.m. but Los Angeles County Coroner’s Ed Winter said that the student was definitely deceased prior to that.
“He was dead prior to that, but we don’t prematurely give a time estimate. It could have been a couple days, but it could have been a week.”
Detectives found no signs of struggle or foul play in the dorm. Winter added that the incident is being treated as a “natural death.”
“At this time, it’s being investigated as a possible natural death, but we’ll have further once the autopsy is done.”
According to CBS News, a detective found a suitcase full of clothes in the dorm room, which wasn’t unusual since classes had just started back. A neighbor told authorities it had been around a week since Kelley was last seen.
“It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the passing of a member of our Keck School community,” dean Rohit Varma said in the letter to students. “Jacob’s family has been notified of their son’s passing.”
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