Last Updated on November 8, 2023, 3:41 pm
A statement on the Middlebury College’s campus website stated that the student, identified as 19-year-old Ivan Valerio from Florida, was discovered outside of Gifford Hall on Tuesday morning, October 7, 2023.
The initial police investigation did not find any evidence of wrongdoing. The Police did not mention the cause of the student’s death, but they did say that there was no danger to the community. Officials believe the student passed away during the night.
The Middlebury Police Department is working with Public Safety to investigate the circumstances surrounding the student’s death. The school has assured that there is no threat to the campus community. The first investigation did not find any evidence of foul play.
Valerio’s body has been sent to the Burlington Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. This is the second student death this semester, following the earlier death of a student in their dorm room in September.
As confirmed by college administrators in a second statement, Ivan Valerio, a 19-year-old student from Kissimmee, Florida, . Members of our Student Life team who knew Ivan mentioned that he had dual citizenship with the Philippines and the United States, and he valued his Filipino identity.
Ivan graduated from Kissimmee’s NeoCity Academy and began his campus life at Middlebury in the autumn of 2022. He was involved in orientation this year and aimed to help new students transition smoothly to Middlebury. Although he hadn’t decided on his major yet, he showed interest in computer science and Japanese.
Public Safety and the Middlebury Police Department are working together to investigate the student’s death, with no indication of any danger to the campus community found during the initial inquiry. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Ivan’s family and the school community.
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