Western Kentucky U. Student Found Dead, Suicide Suspected

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A freshman at Western Kentucky University (WKU) apparently committed suicide by jumping from his high-rise dorm room window.

The body of Dylan Prott, 18, was found late in the evening Nov. 8 just outside the Pearce-Ford Tower where he lived. The dorm is the tallest dorm facility on the WKU campus.

According to a statement released by the university, a preliminary report indicates that Prott had disabled a safety device designed to keep the window of his 20th floor dorm room from opening more than three or four inches. Safety checks of the rooms in Pearce-Ford Tower are conducted on the first Tuesday of every month, and a check done only one day before the incident indicated the window safety bar was in its proper position.

The official cause of death has yet to be determined by the local coroner’s office.

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