77
      Monday
      82 / 60
      Tuesday
      79 / 51
      Wednesday
      79 / 57

      UPDATE: Sheriffs say alcohol played a role in students deaths

      Update: Sunday, 10:30pm

      Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing says alcohol consumption appears to have played a part in the unrelated deaths of a male student at a Cornell University fraternity house and a female student found dead in the snow near the Ithaca College campus.

      Cornell University released a statement saying 19-year-old George Desdunes, a sophomore from Brooklyn, was found unconscious on a couch at his fraternity house Friday morning and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Autopsy results were still pending on Sunday.

      The sheriff's office says an Ithaca College freshman, 17-year-old Victoria Chen of Spencer, was found dead in the snow behind a house near her college campus Saturday afternoon.

      Both deaths remain under investigation but Lansing says they appear to have been accidental.

      Original AP story:

      City, state and campus police are investigating the deaths of a male student at a Cornell University fraternity house and a female student found dead in the snow near the Ithaca College campus.

      Cornell University released a statement saying 19-year-old George Desdunes, a sophomore from Brooklyn, was found unconscious on a couch at his fraternity house Friday morning and was taken to the hospital, where he later died. The cause of death is under investigation.

      The Tompkins County Sheriff's Office says an Ithaca College freshman, 17-year-old Victoria Chen of Spencer, was found dead in the snow behind a house near her college campus Saturday afternoon. The cause of death is under investigation but foul play isn't suspected.

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