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Fraternity hazing suspected after Ivy League school student found dead



Fraternity hazing suspected after Ivy League school student found dead

HANOVER, New Hampshire — A 20-year-old student at Dartmouth College was found dead Monday in the Connecticut River and police are now investigating whether his death is connected to hazing by a fraternity, reports say.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says in a news release that the body of Won Jang, of Middletown, Del., was found underwater just before 7:30 p.m. Monday not far from the docks at the Dartmouth boathouse.

Wang was last seen by friends at the docks at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday during an “informal social gathering,” the news release says. He was reported missing when he did not show up for a planned event on Sunday.

CNN reports that Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis says the college has forwarded emails to the department showing that hazing or alcohol might have played roles in Jang’s death. Jang, a biomedical engineering major, was a member of Beta Alpha Omega fraternity, The Dartmouth reports.

A news release from police says foul play is not suspected after a preliminary investigation, but police say the investigation is ongoing. The department is awaiting autopsy results, NBC News reports.

“There is some evidence of alcohol involved, certainly from witnesses and talking with things like that,” Dennis tells WMUR Channel 9. “Again, that’s all part of our investigation. We did receive an anonymous email this morning through the college that there may be some hazing involved, so we certainly will look into that aspect, too.”

The college has suspended the fraternity as well as the Alpha Phi sorority, CNN reports. College spokesperson Morgan Kelly tells CNN the fraternity and sorority already were on alcohol probation.

“The entire Dartmouth community is grieving over the tragic loss of Won Jang. Our counseling team has been by the family’s side since Monday, and Dartmouth is providing every possible support it can to Won’s parents, family and friends,” the school said in a statement.

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