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Young woman's death ruled a suicide
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Posted: 02/07/2012
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Preliminary autopsy results performed on the young woman whose body was found on The University of Texas-Pan American campus Feb. 6 indicate the manner of death was suicide.

The young woman has been identified as an 18 year-old enrolled in the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (ECISD). Campus police learned her identity yesterday evening when a relative of the teenager contacted UTPA police headquarters. Police later confirmed her identity and have officially notified her family and Edinburg CISD administrators.

All classes held in the UTPA Science Building were cancelled on Monday, Feb. 6 and Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Classes will resume as scheduled Wednesday morning, Feb. 8. For any student, faculty or staff needing counseling services, the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services' (CaPS) will have the following schedule:

CaPS Office, located at the University Center Room 109:

• Today, Feb. 7 until 7 p.m.;

• 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8

• 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9

• 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

Science Building, west wing entrance:

• 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8

• 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9

• 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10

Construction workers found the woman's body just before 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 6 inside the stairwell of the Science Building. University official sent Bronc Alerts to the University community notifying students, faculty and staff to remain clear of the vicinity because of the ongoing investigation.

The UTPA community sends its condolences to the family and the school district. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of tragedy. UTPA administrators would also like to remind everyone that the campus is safe and there is no imminent danger to students, faculty or staff.