A 19-year-old Fairfax County woman died early Tuesday when she apparently leaped or fell from the top of the football stadium stands at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va., university officials said yesterday.
University officials said they are investigating the death of Paige Payne Miller as a possible suicide, but the local medical examiner said only that the death was the result of the fall.
Another student found Miller's body at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday in the grass beneath the new high-rise addition to the stadium, said Geoffrey Chapman, a university spokesman.
Miller, a second-quarter freshman majoring in marketing and political science, apparently slashed her wrists before the fall, Chapman said. He added that blood was found on the stadium steps. Chapman said school officials investigating the incident found no suicide note and have discovered no motive for suicide.
"She was a very, very outgoing girl," said Sue Deal, president of the Delta Gamma sorority to which Miller had recently pledged. "She was one of the girls who went through rush that everyone loved immediately."
Deal said she and other close friends question whether the incident was a suicide because Miller had shown no signs of depression or intentions to kill herself. Miller had been serving as social chairperson of her pledge class, Deal said.
Miller was the daughter of Rochelle and Charles H. Miller Jr., who live in Fairfax just south of Alexandria. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria.