College Student's Death a Mystery

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 11:57 AM EDT
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Unclear If Fall from Silo Killed Student

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We might not know for weeks how a college sophomore who was found dead near a silo on the side of the road died.

Millersville student Kevin Chavez, 19, was found dead April 8 on the 1500 block of Silver Spring Road in West Hempfield Township, Pa. His car was parked nearby and his cell phone was found on top of the 70-foot-high silo, which sits on a private farm.

Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni conducted an autopsy last week and said that Chavez suffered multiple traumatic injuries. But he said the manner of death still hasn't been determined as an accidental fall and even possibly being hit by a car are being considered.

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West Hempfield Police Chief Mark Pugliese tells that the appears to be no foul play in the death and that his department is still working on a timeline of events.

Tips from the public are helping investigators narrow down Chavez’s actions.

The final call on how Chavez died will be made by the medical examiner and might not be made until toxicology reports come back in the normal four- to eight-week time frame, Pugliese said.

The son of a pastor, Chavez’s funeral was held Saturday in Elizabethtown, Pa. His obituary mentioned his love of golf and his large family including five siblings.

As the investigation continues, those that knew Chavez turned to Twitter:

"RIP Kevin Chavez," tweeted Lauren Leslie (@Laur_Leslie22). "You were by far one of the nicest people in our class. You will truly be missed."

"In shock hearing about Kevin Chavez," tweeted Temple marketing major Alissa Kontanis (@AlissaKontanis). "He was such a sweet person. RIP and prayers to the Chavez family."

Anyone with information on how he got hurt is asked to call West Hempfield police at 717-285-5191.


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