Body discovery: Death on Observatory Hill likely a suicide
The body found early Friday morning on Observatory Hill at the University of Virginia has been deemed a probable suicide by officials. The deceased person was described as a 33-year-old white female found at approximately 7:54am on June 8. Police believe the woman was formerly a student.
The case got widespread attention after UVA Chief of Police Michael A. Gibson sent an e-mail to students and faculty Friday afternoon, alerting the community to the discovery of the body and noting that while the cause of death did not appear natural there was no perceived threat to the community.
The body was found on a trail in the woods, a popular site for area hikers and mountain-bikers, according to UVA Police Captain Michael Coleman. He says that additional details may be released once medical examiners complete an autopsy report.
–corrected 7:02pm; original version of this story gave wrong month due to editing errorRead more on: suicide