A Central Michigan University graduate student was found dead on Monday at 10:25 a.m. in a Washington Court Apartment complex located at 1601 S. Washington Ct.
James Gasco, 59, was found by an apartment superintendent who was investigating reports of a strong odor coming from the apartment in Building H.
“We are currently investigating the death and have requested an autopsy to determine cause and time,” said CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley.
Yeagley said the superintendent entered the apartment, discovered Gasco, left and immediately called police, who promptly arrived on the scene.
Multiple officers arrived to investigate the apartment, closing off the area near his apartment.
The Washington Court Apartment Complex is located on campus across from Fabiano Hall.
The time of death has not been established, and there is no suspicion of foul play, Yeagley said.
According to CMUPD Lt. Larry Klaus, Gasco had been deceased for a number of days when he was discovered.
“Due to the length of time and the condition of the body, it requires the (use of) biohazard suits,” Klaus said.
CMUPD received a call at 10:21 a.m. after a neighbor notified one of the apartment resident managers of a suspicious smell.
“From what we can determine at this point, there’s no indications of any foul play or any things along those lines,” Klaus said. “The medical examiner will make a determination.”
CMUPD have notified Gasco’s next of kin, and it was determined that he lived alone.
CMU officials released a statement before the name was released to the media and shortly after Gasco was found in his apartment.
“Our deepest condolences go out to all impacted by this tragic occurrence,” the statement reads.
Yeagley said CMUPD is currently investigating the matter by itself but will branch out to other police agencies if needed.
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