The body of a graduate student was found Tuesday inside a building at Morgan State University, a historically black university in Baltimore, according to police.
The body had no signs of trauma, and police said they do not think he was a victim of foul play, but homicide detectives are investigating. A cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.
The call came in shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday to the Baltimore Police Department: There was a foul odor coming from a second-floor office on campus, inside the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies building.
Maintenance workers had found the body of a 45-year-old male graduate student.
According to preliminary police findings, the man had entered the building Aug. 4 and had not been seen nor heard from since.
People who knew the student said he had been ill for quite some time.
The building has been open and in use during the summer before classes resumed Aug. 22.
University officials issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, which read, in part,
The university is saddened to report the death of a member of its family. … Both Morgan State University Campus Police and Baltimore City Police are investigating this matter and have not released his identity pending notification of family. While the cause of death has not been determined, police do not suspect foul play. …
In light of today’s news, all afternoon and evening classes in the CBEIS building have been canceled for today. Students are reminded that the University Counseling Center is available to provide assistance if necessary. …
The university’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of this student.