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Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Kansas University student found dead in dorm room

May 9, 2001

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A Kansas University junior was found dead Wednesday afternoon in his Ellsworth Residence Hall room, but KU police didn't suspect foul play.

An Ellsworth resident assistant and a friend found the body of Manish Prasad, 21, in his room. The cause of Prasad's death wasn't released, but authorities had ruled out the possibility that he was killed by someone else, authorities said.

Wednesday began a week of final examinations at KU.

Prasad, a computer engineering major from Overland Park, was last seen when he spent time with friends Monday night. The two people who found Prasad had become concerned about him after not having contact on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, said Todd Cohen, a KU spokesman.

They called police shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cohen said. Police radio traffic indicated that emergency personnel responded to Ellsworth Hall, 1734 Engel Road, on reports that someone had been shot.

KU police wouldn't comment whether Prasad had died as the result of an accident or committed suicide.

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