SUNY Delhi freshman found dead

Above: SUNY Delhi's campus. Image via Google Maps.

A SUNY Delhi freshman from Wappingers Falls was found dead in a wooded area above the hillside campus on Tuesday, Sept. 8, according to a college official.

The student, who is not being identified by the college out of respect for his family, was found unresponsive by friends at 4:58 p.m., said Joel Smith, the Vice President for College Relations and Advancement. Tuesday was the day after Labor Day holiday weekend.

The student was pronounced dead at the scene by the Delaware County Medical Examiner, Smith said. There is no foul play suspected.

Freshmen arrived on campus for orientation on Friday, Aug. 28 and classes began on Monday, Aug. 31. Freshmen had been on campus for 12 days when the student’s body was found.

“His tragic death really hits a small campus community like Delhi very hard,” Smith said. “We’re a close-knit family. We get to know the students even before they enroll through a variety of different programs. His loss really touches all of us.”

The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, Smith said. The college is making transportation available to faculty, staff and students who wish to attend. 

Correction: SUNY Delhi held classes on Labor Day, contrary to what we intially reported in this story.