Missing Student Who Shut Down College Is Found Dead

Jacob Marberger died of self-inflicted gunshot
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2015 7:33 AM CST
Missing Student Who Shut Down College Is Found Dead
In this, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, photo, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pa. Jacob Marberger was found dead at the sanctuary.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jacob Marberger, the 19-year-old student who last week shuttered Washington College after his family said he'd gone missing with a firearm, has been found dead at a Pennsylvania wildlife sanctuary near where he grew up. Marberger died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports the Baltimore Sun; his body was found Saturday at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Hamburg. "We extend our deepest sympathies to the Marberger family in their time of unimaginable grief," said a statement from the college in Chestertown, Md., calling Marberger's death "a terrible blow to our community."

Marberger's family had warned he was "despondent over recent issues at college." He was being sought on criminal charges after allegedly waving an antique gun at his fraternity house last month, reports the AP; Phi Delta Theta kicked him out last week. He subsequently resigned his position in student government, and his parents reported that he had taken a rifle case from their home in suburban Philadelphia in the early morning hours of Monday; Washington College shut down that day and subsequently canceled classes until after the Thanksgiving break. There's no decision on whether classes will now resume before Nov. 30, notes the Sun. (More Washington College stories.)

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