Investigation Continues in Millersville U. Student Found Dead on Side of Road

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:27 AM EDT
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No Answers Yet in Student Dead on Side of Road Case

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Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the death of a college student whose body was found along a road in central Pennsylvania.

Motorists discovered the body of 19-year-old Millersville University sophomore Kevin Chavez on a road near a silo in West Hempfield Township around 9:30 p.m. Monday. Police say his car was parked nearby.

Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni conducted an autopsy Tuesday and says Chavez suffered multiple traumatic injuries. But he says the manner of death still hasn't been determined.

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The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports West Hempfield Township police Chief Mark Pugliese says authorities still aren't sure what caused the student's traumatic injuries. They're trying to establish a timeline of Chavez's whereabouts before he died.

The paper reports that police have obtained surveillance video from the college in hopes that they can determine when Chavez last attended classes.

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

"They said they were on the road at a certain time and didn't see anything, so obviously that helps us piece the timing together," Pugliese told the paper.

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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