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Exposure blamed in Ohio college student's death

TNS Regional News • Feb 10, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The Denison University campus is mourning the loss of a senior who died on Saturday, apparently of hypothermia.

The body of David Hallman III, 21, of Erie, Pa., was found outside a garage in a condo complex on the east side of downtown Granville late on Saturday after an extensive door-to-door search during much of the day, when the temperature ranged from a low of 4 to a high of 22.

University officials said in a memo to the Denison community that soon after they learned of Hallman's death about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, they opened Swasey Chapel on the campus of about 2,100 students, and the chapel soon was filled to capacity with mourning students.

A private memorial service will be held later. University President Adam Weinberg, Provost Kim Coplin and Laurel Kennedy, vice president for student development, said in the memo that counselors are available on campus, and they encouraged the faculty and staff to help students with their grief.

“David was located Saturday night across the street from the Granville Golf Course, where it appears he had fallen asleep and then succumbed to hypothermia,” Kennedy wrote.

Granville police began looking for Hallman after his father reported that he was missing, police said. Hallman was last seen leaving Brew’s Cafe in downtown Granville about 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Hallman was a history major who was well-known on the small liberal-arts campus.

“David was a member of the men’s swimming and diving team for his first three years and was very close to that group,” Kennedy wrote, noting that his former teammates are preparing to compete this week in the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championship meet on Wednesday through Saturday at Denison.

Police, firefighters and community volunteers went door to door on Saturday, handing out photos of Hallman and asking residents to watch for him. Police asked residents to check their garages and sheds — any place where someone might seek shelter from the cold. Late in the day, a police helicopter circled the village, looking for the missing student.

When Granville police sent out a communitywide email and text alert to ask for help in finding Hallman, they said he was wearing a black North Face jacket, a navy blue dress shirt and blue jeans.

Village and university police searched door to door for Hallman throughout the day before arriving at a condo complex in Granville late yesterday.

At 10:34 p.m., Granville police received a call about a “man down,” police said. Officers found Hallman dead in front of a garage at 5 Parnassus Village Dr. Hallman’s body was located by staff members from Denison University.

The condo complex is less than a half-mile from where Hallman was last seen. The condos are in the opposite direction from campus on a hill much like the one on which the Denison campus sits.

Granville police asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for help in processing the scene.

At 11:24 p.m., Denison University issued a statement saying that Hallman had been found dead.

Yesterday, Weinberg said, “David was a wonderful young man who was widely admired by our campus community. Right now, our focus is on supporting our students. We are very proud of the way our students came together (Saturday) night to support one another.”


By Josh Jarman - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

Dispatch Managing Editor/News Alan Miller contributed to this story.

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