University Police investigating student death

URBANA, Illinois – University of Illinois Police are investigating after an 18-year-old U. of I. student was found deceased Saturday morning in the 1200 block of West Nevada Street, Urbana.

Preliminary information suggests that there was no foul play involved, and the death is initially believed to be accidental. The investigation is ongoing, and the status may change as new information is collected.

At 1:23 a.m. Saturday morning, the student’s friend called police to say that he had not seen the student for about an hour and could not reach him via telephone.

University Police searched the area where the student was last seen, the student’s residence hall and the likely path between the two locations, including the main Quad and streets. Police also checked local hospitals and attempted to reach the student via telephone. The search did not yield any additional information about his possible location.

At 11:08 a.m. Saturday, police and emergency medical services were dispatched after a U. of I. employee found the man on the back porch of a building. He was deceased at the time he was found.

The University of Illinois Police Department is coordinating release of the student’s name with the Champaign County Coroner’s Office. The student’s family has been notified.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216. Witnesses may remain anonymous by contacting Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS, online at or through the P3 Tips mobile app. All messages to Crime Stoppers are received by a third party and are electronically stripped of identifying information before being forwarded to police.

Corrections: This version corrects a previous version that misstated the relationship of the reporting person to the student and the nature of the original call.