Missing Washington College student found dead

- Jacob Marberger, the Washington College student missing and presumed armed since Monday, was found dead Saturday. 

The 19 year old male who was being sought by Chestertown Police Deparment in Maryland was found in a picnic area in the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Hamburg, Pennsylvania,  along with the green Land Rover that he was believed to be operating.  
The victim died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. 

The school on Maryland's Eastern Shore first canceled classes Monday, after Marberger's parents called the college to say he had returned home to Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia and may have taken a firearm. 

The college put out a statement Saturday afternoon saying  "It is with great sorrow that we must inform you this evening of the passing of sophomore Jacob Marberger. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Marberger family in their time of unimaginable grief.

This is a terrible blow to our community, and the outpouring of compassion and support we have shown each other will help us through this difficult time. We need to continue to be supportive of each other as we mourn individually and as a community.
We will have counseling services on-hand when students return to campus; more details will be forthcoming. 
If you need to speak to someone to help you through this process immediately, please contact your local crisis services."


The campus remained closed throughout the week and later canceled classes through Thanksgiving break. 

His disappearance followed difficulties he had been experiencing at the college, police said. He had recently been kicked out of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and resigned his position as speaker of the senate in the college's student government.

He was also scheduled to have a hearing based on the school's honor code, according to Chestertown Police Chief Adrian Baker. 

Baker added that Marberger had not made any known threats to the college or students, but that the school closed proactively. 

The college is expected to reopen on November 29. 


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