Mississippi State investigating death, offers support to students

Published 8:00 pm Sunday, August 27, 2023

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University announced a student was discovered dead on Campus Sunday afternoon. A separate student called to report the death at 1:10 p.m.

MSU Police Chief Kenneth Rogers said the university police department received a call reporting a body had been found in a vehicle parked on campus in a parking lot. Initially the discovery was of an unresponsive student but Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt pronounced the male occupant of the vehicle dead on scene.

Welch Funeral Home in Starkville took custody of the body.

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Starkville Fire Department, Med-Stat Ambulance Personnel and Hunt were on scene investigating the incident Sid Salter said. He is the MSU Vice President for Strategic Communications.

Police Chief Rogers said there was no danger to the rest of campus related to the incident. MSU had a suspicious package earlier this week which forced evacuations for part of campus.

Vice President of Student Affairs Regina Hyatt said they would work with students by providing counseling services and support to anyone who needs it.

“Our deepest sympathies extend to the family and friends of the victim,” Hyatt said.

Salter said the investigation is ongoing and MSU would not have any additional comment until Monday around midday. He asked people to respect the privacy of the family and students during this time.

Salter shared a picture through his twitter. of MSU President Mark Keenum meeting with the men of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Keenum was there with his wife to express their sympathies, encourage the young men and pray with them after one of their members died. It not confirmed if the two are related.

This story will be followed up with any further updates.