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Student found dead at Baits II, cause of death unclear

By Taylor Wizner, Daily News Editor
Published November 18, 2013

Updated: This story was updated with additional information surrounding the circumstances of the student's death and his name.

University Police are investigating the death of a freshman student who was found deceased in his Baits II Residence Hall dorm room last night.

UMPD identified the student as Music, Theatre & Dance freshman Thibault deSaintPhalle, an 18-year-old male from California.

At about 12 a.m. Monday, a well-being check was requested for deSaintPhalle, who University Police say had not been seen by friends all weekend. When Housing Security officers entered the student’s dorm room, they found the 18-year-old deceased in his bed.

University Police say there is currently no indication that the death represents a public safety threat, but is being investigated nonetheless.

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on deSaintPhalle this afternoon and found no injuries. The toxicology results of the autopsy are still pending, and the process could take several weeks.

Police declined to comment on the person who requested the well-being check.

Correction appended: A previous version of this article incorrectly implied that police were investigating deSaintPhalle's roommate.


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