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GW Student Found Dead Apparently of Natural Causes

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By Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 23, 2009; 6:39 PM

A George Washington University student was found dead in her campus dorm room today.

University spokeswoman Tracy Schario said that the body of Laura Treanor, 19, a junior from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., showed no signs of trauma and it appears she died of natural causes. Her roommates made the discovery about 8:30 a.m. and called 911, Schario said.

D.C. police are investigating, but authorities from the natural death squad, and not the violent crimes branch, which investigates homicides, were looking into it, said D.C. police spokesman Sgt. Kenny Bryson.

Campus officials sent out two e-mail alerts to students about Treanor's death, noting that her dorm room had been secured by authorities.

According to the Web site for the student newspaper, the GW Hatchet, Treanor was a contributing editor for the Life section of the newspaper and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority

Staff writer Susan Kinzie and Leah Carliner and Brittany Levine of washingtonpost.com contributed to this report.


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