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UPDATE: UGA Student Found Dead in Dorm Room Identified

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A University of Georgia student was found dead in his East Campus Village dorm room Tuesday night after his suitemates called housing officials to say they thought something was wrong.

Police identified the student Wednesday morning as David Peacock Braun, 21, of Marietta.

Tevin Reeves, one of Braun’s suitemates at 523 Vandiver Hall, was the one who contacted police. He said he realized something seemed off Tuesday.

“I first though he might not be all right yesterday,” Reeves said. “It was just like a flash, thinking something might not be right… At first we thought it was just a bad smell from something.”

Police unlocked the door to Braun’s bedroom and found him dead inside at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials haven’t determined a cause of death.

The body was sent to the state crime lab in Decatur for further investigation. It could be several weeks before a cause of death is determined, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang said Wednesday afternoon.

“Right now, it’s too early for us to try to talk about any type of cause of death,” UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said Tuesday, but he added that there were “no obvious signs” of foul play.

Reeves and his other suitemates were relocated to new dorms Tuesday night but will be allowed to return to the dorm for belongings tonight, he said.

“I think later on today they’re going to let us back in to get our stuff,” Reeves said. “But right now we’re all split up in different dorms.”

Flagpole intern Erica Techo contributed to this report.