Maryland Student Who Prompted Closure of Campus Found Dead

22 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Missing Maryland College Student From Area Found Dead.

Washington College officials on Saturday announced the death of sophomore Jacob Marberger, whose disappearance shut down the Maryland school as police and FBI searched for him this week. CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Police say the student whose disappearance prompted the closure of the Washington College campus in Maryland has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The search for a Maryland college student who was last seen on Monday and may have a rifle has taken a more personal turn as people reached out through social media posts addressed to “Jacob.” The disappearance of the student, Jacob Marberger, 19, set off a manhunt in two states as well as escalating security measures at the college where he was a sophomore, Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Pleas posted on online forums have been shared hundreds of times, with school administrators, alumni and friends publishing streams of Facebook messages that offer love, support and a confidential ear. “Jacob, I have thought of you every day despite not knowing you beyond our connection of Washington College,” wrote Amanda Karolina Hempel Munroe. “I wish so sincerely that I could help you. Cheltenham High School was on lockout on Monday after he was reported missing, but police say Marberger made no threats to harm anyone in Pennsylvania or Maryland. Washington College was on high alert throughout the week and ultimately shut down operations through Thanksgiving after Marberger was believed to be armed.

And then it was brought up to public safety later that week.” Washington College expressed this condolences in a statement saying,”We extend our deepest sympathies to the Marberger family in their time of unimaginable grief. This is a terrible blow to our community, and the outpouring of compassion and support we have shown each other will help us through this difficult time.

The pre-emptive steps demonstrate how, in the wake of recent campus shootings and terrorist attacks, officials are sensitive to the possibility of risk, even from someone without a history of violence. He described his son as “an intellectual, conscientious young man” who loved his fraternity, and was a student government leader active in theater. On the college’s Facebook page, hundreds of people wrote or shared posts that underlined concerns over his distress, possibly related to episodes of mistreatment on campus. One administrator of the page, John Beck, said it was intended to let him know he has a huge college family “waiting to help him get through whatever is ahead.” It was later removed after other alumni said it was premature, though Mr.

Marberger’s honor. “Jacob, just the next five minutes, just think about the next five minutes and reach out to anyone that you can imagine being a safe harbor for you,” Margaret Feron Niles wrote.

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