Police confirm death of missing student Andrew Zhou Li

Andrew Zhou Li



City of Richardson Police confirmed the death of political science sophomore Andrew Zhou Li, who has been missing since Feb. 24.

Richardson PD police officers found Li dead under the DART rail tracks in the 3200 block of Routh Creek Parkway which is eight minutes driving distance from campus. Li had been missing from his apartment in University Village since Feb. 24.

According to a press release from Richardson PD, police officers found Li dead at 7:38 a.m. March 2. He was discovered underneath the elevated DART rail tracks in the 3200 block of Routh Creek Parkway, near Bush Turnpike Station on Renner Road, which is eight minutes driving distance from campus. Richardson PD detectives and the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office are still investigating the case, and the cause of death is pending toxicology results as of March 4. Li’s death is the second student death in the past week, and at least the ninth of the 2023-2024 academic year. Li was found outside of campus, distinguishing him from the currently unidentified student found deceased in Parking Lot U Feb. 26.

Andrew Zhou Li with his mother, Ai Ping Zhou.

Li had been missing since 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, where his roommates last saw him in his apartment in University Village. His mother traveled four hours from Houston to find Li after he failed to answer her phone calls; she told WFAA that UTD police found Li’s belongings, including his phone, in his apartment that Saturday but not Li; his wallet was also missing.

The Student Counseling Center is accessible for appointments from Monday to Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; students can also contact UTDTalk (972-883-8255), UTD’s 24/7 crisis counseling hotline, to speak to a mental health professional. UTD will honor Li and eight other students who died this academic year at the Comets Remember Ceremony March 19.

The Mercury is in contact with Richardson PD and will update this article with details of the investigation once available.



  • 9 in a year? What’s going on there? Are they connected? My kid attends UTD so this has me worried.

    • Dear Don,
      These are all unrelated incidents. We will post updates to this when available. I wish you and your kid the best.
      Rainier Pederson (Web Editor)

  • Prayers to this family during their horrible nightmare. Add Jason Landry from Texas State University and now Caleb Harris from Texas A&M Corpus Christi students.

  • If I were still a student, I would seek additional details, particularly regarding the latest two incidents. The discovery of a deceased individual in a vehicle on campus, followed swiftly by another individual found dead beneath a dart track, appears concerning. Although both cases indicate no signs of foul play or suspicion, maintaining transparency and taking proactive measures is crucial to prevent such occurrences.

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