Jacob Marberger, the Washington College student whose disappearance led to a shuttered campus, was found dead on Saturday, police said.
Marberger, 19, was found Saturday afternoon in a picnic area at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary near Hamburg, Pa. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Police previously reported that Marberger was last seen in Hamburg early last week after leaving his parents’ home outside Philadelphia with a rifle.
“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,” said an official statement from Washington College, the Eastern Shore school where Marberger was a sophomore. “We need to continue to be supportive of each other as we mourn individually and as a community.”
Washington College officials said Marberger felt persecuted as the result of a prank pulled in early October. Someone placed a trashcan of water outside his dorm room door, so water spilled into his room when he opened it. Two days later, he pulled out a gun while drunk. Police found a gun in his home two weeks later. After he returned, Marberger was suspended from his fraternity and resigned from the Student Government Association.
Marberger left his home on Monday, and his parents contacted the school. He was later located at a Wal-Mart in Hamburg, but that was the last time he was seen alive.
The College cancelled classes and shuttered its campus during the search for Marberger. But as the week went on, members of the community started sending messages of support to Marberger.
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