A student walks past Castilian Hall North on Wake Forest Drive Wednesday afternoon. Alexander Goldschneider, a 21-year-old junior from Auburn, was found dead Tuesday at the off-campus dormitory. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

Crime, Fire + Courts

UCD student found dead in Castilian dorm room

By March 9, 2011

Yolo County coroner’s officials say it will be several weeks before they determine the cause and manner of death for a UC Davis student whose body was found in his dorm room Tuesday afternoon.

However, Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash noted there were no signs of foul play and no trauma to 21-year-old Alexander Goldschneider’s body.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday afternoon. LaBrash said his office is now awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which are expected to be completed in two to four weeks, before issuing a ruling on how Goldschneider died.

The human development major from Auburn was found at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in his bed at Castilian Hall North, an off-campus dormitory at 1460 Wake Forest Drive, said UCD spokesman Andy Fell.

“His parents had not heard from him in a few days,” Fell said. On Tuesday, the parents contacted student housing officials, who advised them to call campus police. Officers performed a welfare check and made the discovery.

Goldschneider apparently had his own bedroom at the Castilian dormitory, which is set up in a suite arrangement with three bedrooms that share a common area, according to Fell.

Fell said based on the lack of trauma or indications of foul play, police aren’t investigating Goldschneider’s death as a homicide.

“There’s no reason to suspect it’s anything like that,” he said.

Grief counselors were on hand at Castilian Hall Tuesday and Wednesday, and are generally available on campus to those who need their services, Fell said.

Lauren Keene

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