• Police ID student, 18, found dead in Waynesburg dorm

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    WAYNESBURG, Pa. - Students at a private, Christian college in southwestern Pennsylvania continue to mourn the death of a well-liked student.

    Waynesburg police Chief Rob Toth identified the student as 18-year-old Claribeth De La Cruz, of Naperville, Illinois.

    “She was just a very funny person to be around and she never had any negativity around her. She was always positive,” said fellow freshman Hannah Filapose. “She was a very outgoing person. She always knew how to make everybody feel good.”

    The chief says school security found the body after they were asked to check on De La Cruz by someone who could not reach her. She was found in her room in Ray Hall just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

    The school issued a statement saying officials are "deeply saddened" by the student's death, but that they've "been assured that there is no evidence of foul play."

    “A lot of people who met her once or twice thought she was a great person, and she was,” said Marla Holland.

    Late Monday afternoon, the Greene County Coroner's Office said the death is a suspected suicide.




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