Dead UChicago Student Lay Unnoticed in Dorm for Days
20-year-old could have been there for 8 days
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2014 3:17 AM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2014 4:03 AM CST
Barnes was found in his single room at the campus' International House.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Staff and students at the University of Chicago have been horrified to learn that a student lay dead in his dorm room for an unknown amount of time until the smell of decomposition was noticed. It's not clear when 20-year-old Nicholas Barnes died, but before his body was found, face-down on the floor on Saturday afternoon, it had been eight days since he used his key card to enter the university residence, reports the Chicago Tribune. But school officials note a key card isn't required to gain access at all hours of the day, so the time span could have been shorter than that.

An autopsy failed to reveal the cause of death but police say foul play is not suspected. Toxicology testing still needs to be carried out. Barnes, a Pittsburgh native, was a third-year student specializing in Germanic studies, and the school says it is "making every effort to understand the circumstances surrounding" his death, NBC Chicago reports. Students say they are disturbed that Barnes' death could have gone unnoticed for so long. "It's just strange," says a freshman from Tennessee. "How the hell was he there that long? That's frightening."

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$28919642
Apr 14, 2014 8:47 AM CDT
Staff and students at the University of Chicago have been horrified to learn that a student lay dead in his dorm room for an unknown amount of time until the smell of decomposition was noticed. If he had been living in a Greek House, nobody would have noticed, yet. People laying face down upon the floor for days on end are not unusual in a frat, and he'd have had so much alcohol in his system, that he'd already be embalmed. Note--it has been brought to my attention that one need not belong to a frat to get drunk enough to be embalmed. If one attends the University of Wisconsin, Greek membership would be unnecessary.
TwoSheds
Apr 13, 2014 7:26 PM CDT
It was a visit from Mephistopholes
TomFlores
Apr 13, 2014 6:35 PM CDT
Hey at least it was just 8 days and not the next semester!