Penn State student found dead in dorm room

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. — A Penn State student was found dead in his dorm room earlier this week.

According to The Daily Collegian, 19-year-old sophomore William Denton was found Monday night after his family notified police about his welfare after not hearing from him.

Denton was an undergraduate student studying health policy and administration, the student-run newspaper states.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

The university released the following statement on the death:

Unfortunately, there was a student death discovered Monday (Jan. 8) around 10:15 p.m. in a residence hall room in our Eastview Terrace housing complex on campus. The Centre County coroner is conducting an autopsy to determine cause of death.  William Denton, 19, a sophomore from North Carolina who is studying health policy/administration at Penn State, was found dead in his residence hall room by University police who were conducting a “wellness check” at the request of William’s family.

Our deepest sympathy is offered to William’s family and friends during this time of great sadness and loss.

There is no foul play suspected and University Police are continuing their investigation.