UPDATE: Death Ruled Suicide at Kent State Dorm

Natalie J. Weber found in Centennial Court C residence hall Friday morning

Editor's note: this story was updated at 4:40 p.m.

The death of a student has been ruled a suicide by the Portage County Coroner's Office.

Kent State spokesperson Emily Vincent said the coroner's office ruled this afternoon that 19-year-old Natalie J. Weber, of Cambridge, OH, took her own life. 

Vincent said residence hall staff discovered Weber's body following a wellness check at 11:42 a.m. The wellness check was conducted at the request of family members, who called asking university officials to look in on Weber after not hearing from her for a period of time.

Weber was a sophomore pre-fashion design/merchandising major.

For Kent State, this is the fourth tragic death of a student in the 2011-2012 school year.

In December, Katherine R. Iarussi, 20, of Ravenna, was about 18 miles east of the Kent State campus. In November, visual design major Martin Alvord . In October, Pennsylvania native James Barnes in his campus dorm room.

Centennial Court, one of Kent's newest set of residence halls, is located on the northeast corner of campus and houses both freshman and upper division students. The co-ed halls opened in 2002 and the buildings feature four floors, according to the university.

Kent Patch will continue to update this story as information becomes available.


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