Student who caused brief closure of Maryland college found dead

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 21, 2015 8:38 PM

(Reuters) - A student whose disappearance with a gun caused the precautionary closing of a Maryland college on Monday was found dead in Pennsylvania on Saturday, state police said.

Jacob Marberger, 19, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a picnic area of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Hamburg in eastern Pennsylvania, according to a statement by Pennsylvania State Police.

Marberger was a sophomore at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. The school shut down temporarily on Monday after Marberger's parents said he went home to Pennsylvania and retrieved a firearm.

The parents were unable to reach him and did not know where he was going, so they notified the college, the college said on Twitter.

Campus and local law enforcement officials conducted a sweep of parking lots and campus buildings, the college said. The college has about 1,450 undergraduate students and is about 80 miles southeast of Philadelphia

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Sandra Maler)