Beaver County grad student found dead at Kent State

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KENT, Ohio -- An investigator says a student from Pennsylvania found dead in an Ohio college dorm room may have died up to six days earlier.

Coroner's investigator Tom Decker says there was a slight odor coming from the room at Kent State University where the body of 26-year-old James Barnes of Midland, Pa., was found Sunday.

University police had gone to the Leebrick Hall room after a relative reported the family had not heard from Barnes in a while.

Decker says there was no evidence of foul play. He says a ruling on the cause of death will have to await tests on what was in Barnes' system.

University spokeswoman Emily Vincent says Barnes was a first-semester graduate student pursuing a business degree. She says he did not have a roommate.


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