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Northern Arizona University police have released a few more details about the death of a student on campus during spring break.

In a letter to students, NAU Police Chief Kelli Smith stated that the body of Joseph Bock had been found less than 12 hours after he had died. Smith stated that she was releasing the information because rumors had been circulating campus that Bock had been dead for some time.

Bock was found dead in his apartment around 2 p.m. March 21 by staff doing a routine inspection of the Hilltop Townhomes on campus before the apartment complex reopened for students after spring break.

Smith also stated in her letter that NAUPD would not be commenting on the possible manner or cause of death for Bock until the autopsy and toxicology reports were finished. Those reports can take up to 60 days to complete.

Smith said the death seems to be an isolated incident and that NAUPD does not believe that students are in any danger on campus. Flagstaff Police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety are helping in the investigation of the case.


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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