Missing LSU student cause of death released

A missing Louisiana State University student who was found dead last week died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a coroner’s report obtained by Nola.com.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark told the news outlet Monday that Michael Nickelotte Jr.’s manner of death was suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the ROTC student, who was looking forward to becoming a Marine officer upon graduation, was missing for over a week before hunters found his body in a wooded area just south of Ben Hur Road, not far from the LSU campus.

Michael’s father, Michael Nickelotte Sr., had previously told CrimeOnline that his son did not appear to have any unusual stress or worry and that it was deeply out of character for him to be out of contact with his family.

It is not yet known if the young man left a suicide note or any explanation for why he took his own life.

CrimeOnline will provide an update when more information becomes available.


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