Skip to comments.A college student died in his dorm room. It took almost two months for anyone to notice.
Posted on 09/26/2019 7:51:25 AM PDT by Red Badger
he rank odor from the end of the hallway had become too strong to ignore.
For nearly two months, it was faint enough that nobody at the University of Canterbury realized that a young man was dead, and decomposing, in his own room. Students left campus for two weeks of vacation, and returned, and still no one noticed anything.
But on Monday, police finally made it to the Sonoda dorm at the suburban campus outside Christchurch, New Zealand, where authorities discovered the body of a first-year student, local media reported. The student's father, who could not reach the young man through his friends, had also contacted police.
The young man's body had gone untouched for so long that police had to call in a special team to examine fingerprints, DNA and dental records so they could confirm his identity, Detective Senior Sgt. Craig Johnson told reporters. Most details surrounding the incident, including the student's name and age, had not been made public as of early Wednesday, and the coroner is still investigating the cause of death.
Amid an outcry from university students that's gone all the way up to New Zealand's education minister this week, a university is grappling with a grim question: How could a dead student go undiscovered for so long?
For now, no one really seems to know.
"It is inconceivable to imagine how these circumstances could have occurred," Cheryl de la Rey, the university's vice chancellor, said in a statement to The Washington Post.
De la Rey said Wednesday that the university will commission an independent investigation to examine the oversight, despite what she called an "extensive" well-being program to support students.
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Carrion Luggage ping?...................
The good news is that he wasn’t the victim of gun violence. The rotting culture is safe for now.
2 months and a vacation period not talking to his son?
My wife talks to our college daughter pretty much daily, and we usually have a few texts throughout the day.
Different parenting styles, I suppose.
We had a neighbor die inside his house. The smell could be detected from across the street. There was a Reason this guy was left undiscovered. Im thinking drugs involved.
I always find myself checking Life 360 to see where my kids are at their universities.
Mens dorms are usually stinky so one more odor was likely overlooked,
a womans dorm would not likely have tolerated it.
Three months later, around Christmas time, my mother got a phone call from the office of the public high school. They had noticed that I had missed a large number of classes recently and were calling to see if all was OK.
This is inconceivable.
Wouldn’t anyone notice if he missed classes?
Nw that was just lame... chuckle
Must not have the concept of “in loco parentis” in New Zealand, or they f’d up royally.
Most college classes don’t even take rolls............
That was my first guess.................
Not taking attendance apparently.
These are college age, not minors..............
None that I had ever did, that I know of. They did not care whether you showed up or not..................
This sort of thing is why I prefer it when my children join the military. Someone would notice if they died.
At a university, it’s entirely possible to disappear as long as the bills have been paid.
In the time he was missing and dead, he made the Deans List
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