Police found the decomposed body of a 20-year-old University of Chicago student in his campus dorm room, authorities said.
Nicholas Barnes was pronounced dead at 4:50 p.m. Saturday in his dorm room at the International House at 1414 E. 59th Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His body was found face down on the floor and in a decomposed state, according to a police report.
A resident in the dorm discovered the body after students reported a foul odor in the hallway of the dorm, according to the police report. Barnes had last used his university keycard to enter the dorm a little before 11 p.m. on Feb. 7, the report states.
Barnes was a third-year student and his family is from Pittsburgh, Pa., the university said in a release.
“University staff are making every effort to understand the circumstances surrounding Nicholas’ death,” Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services, said in a statement. “But there is no evidence of foul play.
“Our thoughts are with Nicholas’ family and friends. . .and all who are touched by this loss,” she added. “Nicholas was an excellent student, admired by faculty and peers alike.”
Students said this morning they were shocked by the news and looking for answers.
“It’s just strange,” said Neal Jochmann, 19, a freshman from Tennessee. “How the hell was he there that long? That’s frightening.”
Jochmann said his resident master was planning on holding a meeting tonight to talk about the incident.
Source: Chicago Tribune