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January 10, 2018

Penn State student, 19, found dead in dorm room

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Authorities at Penn State University are investigating the death of a 19-year-old student whose body was found in his dorm room Tuesday night at the State College campus.

North Carolina native William Danton, 19, was found around 10:15 pm at Miller Hall in the university's East Terrace housing complex, according to university spokeswoman Lisa Power.  

Danton was reportedly a health policy/administration major and a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Police said Danton's family had requested a wellness check, but no other details about the student's death were immediately available.

University police said there is no foul play suspected. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine a cause of death. 

"Our deepest sympathy is offered to William's family and friends during this time of great sadness and loss," Power said in a statement. 

Danton's death comes nearly a year after the Beta Theta Pi fraternity hazing incident that killed sophomore Timothy Piazza, a high profile case that prompted a university crackdown on Greek organizations.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced this week that he will be taking over the case due to a conflict of interest cited by newly sworn-in Centre County D.A. Bernie Cantorna.