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Two employees of Hilltop Townhomes were greeted with a bloody scene and a deceased student on March 21 when they entered an apartment at the complex as part of a regular inspection.

Northern Arizona University Police are still listing the case as an undetermined death and have assured students that there is no threat to them.

According to a report from the Northern Arizona University Police Department, the two employees told officers that they opened the room to one of the apartments and found a marijuana bong and some blood on the kitchen counter. They found a trail of blood leading to the bedrooms upstairs. Inside one bedroom they found a bloody comforter. In one bathroom they found the bathtub with about 2 to 3 inches of bloody water in it.

They followed the trail to another bedroom. When the two employees opened the door they found the nude body of Joseph Bock, 21. One of the employees called out to Bock but didn’t receive a response. They described Bock’s skin as discolored and a foul odor in the room. Thinking that Bock might be deceased they called NAU PD, exited the apartment and locked the door.

In his report, an officer later described Bock as lying face down and partially on his side. Another officer described Bock has having injuries to his stomach. Officers described finding a significant amount of blood on various surfaces in the bathroom and that the toilet lid had been ripped off and was on the floor in front of the toilet.

According to the report, multiple officers noted blood throughout the apartment but there were no signs of forced entry or blood outside of the apartment. The apartment was locked from the inside and the last key fob record showed that Bock was the last person to enter the apartment around 5:30 p.m. on March 20. The next person to key into the apartment were the two employees doing the inspection at around 1 p.m. March 21.

Officers spoke with a third Hilltop Townhome employee who said he had talked with Bock between 8 and 8:30 p.m. on March 20 about a package that Bock was expecting.

Officers also spoke with a person who worked with Bock at rehabilitation facility. She said she had received information from two other people she knew from working at the rehabilitation facility that Bock may have been partying and using drugs with another person around 1 a.m. on March 21.

The woman said that Bock had never exhibited any suicidal tendencies or attempted to hurt himself around her. However, he had exhibited aggression toward others in the past.

According to the NAU PD report, Bock had allegedly threatened a previous roommate with a knife in February. Bock was moved from that apartment in order to avoid further conflict and into the one in which he was found.

Officers have requested the cellphone logs of at least seven people whose names were redacted. They collected clothing from two other people.

Officers have also attempted to speak with another Hilltop Townhome resident but the student’s parents at first declined officer’s requests. It is unclear from the report if officers were eventually successful in talking to the student.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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