Student found dead in dorm identified

Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 9:35 PM CST
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BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - The Batesville Police Department has identified a Lyon College student found dead in their dorm room.

Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill said the student was 19-year-old James Gilfedder of California.

At this time, three persons of interest have been developed, according to Cockrill.

BPD was notified around 12:38 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, of an unresponsive student.

During the investigation, student-athletes were interviewed. Cockrill says officers determined that Gilfedder attended “a party off campus at a residence on Boles Street owned by Huffmania Ventures, LLC.”

Investigators learned that Huffmania Ventures is “partially owned by a baseball coach at Lyon College and all the renters are baseball players at Lyon College.”

Investigators are awaiting autopsy results before submitting their evidence to the prosecutor for possible charges.

Lyon College took to social media Monday to share its condolences.

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A formal service will happen Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. at the Fred Wann Baseball Field.

The chaplain’s office and Campus Ministry Team held a gathering Monday night on the steps of the Browns Chapel.

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