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Death investigation ongoing at William & Mary

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Update, 1:10 p.m. William and Mary campus police chief Deb Cheesebro said provided more details on the investigation in a statement provided Saturday afternoon.

Police estimate the man to be between 50 and 60 years of age, and the department does not suspect any foul play.

"We all feel a profound sadness for this loss of life and will send our heartfelt condolences to his family," Cheesebro said.

6:15 a.m. William and Mary said Friday there is no indication the body found around 8 p.m. on campus Friday night is affiliated with the university.


Williamsburg Police spokesperson Maj. Greg Riley confirmed Friday night there is a death investigation underway on the campus of William & Mary.

Riley was unable to provide further information and said William and Mary campus police are conducting the investigation. Campus police did not respond for comment.

Virginia Gazette reporter Amanda Williams discovered the body while walking her dog, Chaco, on campus.

The dog was interested in the window well near the basement of Dillard Complex on campus, she said. Williams went over to the window well and discovered a black male, lying face down. The body already had an odor and flies were in the vicinity, she said.

“It was sad,” Williams said of finding the body. “But my first thoughts were just that I need to call 911 and let the officer and authorities know about this.”

Williams said she feels badly for the deceased person’s family, who will soon receive the news.

“I did have a realization while I was standing there,” Williams said. “Somebody somewhere is going to get a pretty bad call tonight or tomorrow once they figure out who he is.”

Around 9 p.m., William & Mary tweeted an alert letting people know police responded to an incident at the Dillard Complex. The tweet also said there is no threat to the community, and told the public to avoid the area.

This is an ongoing story.

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