UPDATE: Man found dead at CMU identified

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE:Thursday the Mesa County Coroner identified the man found dead in a bathroom in Confluence Hall at Colorado Mesa University.

The man was identified as 36-year-old Michael Dufresne. Officials say it unclear as to why he was in the building as he had no ties to CMU. They say it appears he was not a permanent resident of Mesa County but has been in the area for the last few months.

The coroner said an autopsy did not show any injuries to explain his death, but they are waiting on a toxicology report in order to figure out what exactly was the cause and manner death.

Original story: Early Tuesday morning reports of a fatality at the Colorado Mesa University campus started to come in.

The morning started out normal for some CMU students like Mechanical Engineering student Jackson Shaw.

"So today [like] every normal morning, driving to campus get into the parking lot and I hear some noises, there are some people standing outside,” said Jackson Shaw.

Until he got out of his car at Confluence Hall.

"The fire alarm was going off, everybody was leaving the building…professor said that there was a water leak upstairs and somebody might have broken in and that's all I really knew at the time,” said Shaw.

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating the death of an adult male found on the third floor inside their new engineering building on CMU campus. The building is shared with the Eureka! Math and Science center.

They say the victim was the only person involved in this incident and is not a student.

"There is not an ongoing threat to students or safety on campus,” said Heidi Davidson with the Grand Junction Police Department.

A side door made of glass on the west side was found shattered and they say it is a part of the investigation.

“As with any death investigation we will go through our normal protocols of a thorough investigation that involves our patrol officers our detectives, our crime scene investigators, who bring out their equipment we will work with the coroner who will ultimately be responsible for determining the cause and manner of death in releasing the identity of the victim,” said Davidson.

Students got an email shortly after police were called, to say classes are cancelled and the building is closed.

President Tim Foster later sent out an email which we obtained from a student stating.

"Breaking and entry and vandalism likely occurred in connection to the fatality. As a result, Confluence Hall will remain closed until the appropriate authorities notify me that the building is safe, clean and ready for teaching and learning.”

"Colorado Mesa University is going to be communicating through multiple channels to students and faculty we will be giving email updates, social media updates and of course talking with you all to make sure that everybody's safe and has the most updated information possible,” said David Ludlum, Director of Public Relations with CMU.

"I use the building, you know probably 5 or 6 times a week… not a normal thing to walk up to,” said Shaw.

This is still an ongoing investigation but we will continue to update you as and when new information becomes available.

Tim Foster sent another email to students Tuesday afternoon saying Confluence Hall will reopen for classes Wednesday morning. They are busy cleaning up the flood damage but it will not impact classes.



 
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