Just a few days after the start of the fall semester, a body was found on the campus of one of Baltimore’s HBCUs. The body of a 45-year-old graduate student was found after he was last seen earlier this month going into the engineering building that holds classrooms, labs, and offices for the design department according to Baltimore Police spokesman Donny Moses.

Morgan State University Campus (Photo by Stephreef/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Morgan State University Campus (Photo by Stephreef/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

The student, who was last seen or heard from, on Aug. 4, was found around 10:50 a.m when students noticed a foul odor and contacted maintenance personnel. Officers responded to the second floor of the CBEIS building (Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies) at 1700 East Cold Spring Lane. Authorities located the student in his second floor office.

“This individual had been dead for probably several days, maybe even a couple of weeks,” said Morgan State University Spokesman Clinton Coleman in a media briefing on Aug. 30.

The student, who is not being identified as of yet, was studying engineering.

Morgan State released the following statement:

“The University is saddened to report the death of a member of its family. The body of a graduate student was discovered earlier today in his second-floor office of the CBEIS building. The 45 year old engineering student was found unresponsive by staff who then called paramedics. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Morgan State University Campus Police and Baltimore City Police are investigating this matter and have not released his identity pending notification of family. While the cause of death has not been determined, police do NOT suspect foul play. No other information is available at this time.”

People who knew the man said he had been ill for quite some time.

“It’s crazy and a little scary to know that he was in here for so long. It’s sad,” one student told the Afro.

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident and the cause of death will be determined by a pending autopsy.

Classes were cancelled in the CBEIS building for the rest of the day.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call BCPD Detectives at 410-396-2100.