UTD student found dead in parking lot

Anika Sultana | Mercury Staff



Story update: March 4, 2024

On Monday, March 4, a report from the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed that the cause of death was suicide.

Students who are in crisis can contact UTD Talk (972-883-8255), a 24/7 crisis counseling hotline, to speak to a mental health professional. The Student Counseling Center is available for appointments Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can also use the TimelyCare app to make appointments with a psychiatrist or therapist for free.

Those who are not students can contact 988 or text “HOME” to 741741 for mental health support and crisis intervention.

Story as of March 3, 2024

A deceased student was found in parking lot U at 7:10 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the backseat of a car. The individual has not been identified, and the cause of death is unknown.

In an email statement, the UTD Office of Communications said that UTD PD was investigating an on campus student death. UTD PD Lieutenant Adam Perry said in an email to The Mercury that there was no immediate threat to the community.

“Since this is an open investigation, I can only confirm that we are working on a death investigation of a student on campus,” Perry said. “No foul play is suspected, and there is no threat to the university community.”

The body was found around 7:10 p.m., according to audio drawn from the Collin County Police scanner. Emergency Services arrived on the scene around 7:20 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said the area was covered with police tape and still occupied by police after 9 p.m., with officers searching through the vehicle.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have any tips, please contact managingeditor@utdmercury.com and distro@utdmercury.com.



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