U. Connecticut Student Found Dead in Room

University of Connecticut Police are investigating the early Thursday morning death of a student who lived in a nearby apartment complex. Police say Nicholas A. Tranchida, 21, of New London, Conn., was found unresponsive by a roommate. The roommate returned to their residence at Mansfield Apartments after having been out. A press release stated police responded to a 911 call for an unresponsive person at 4:35 a.m. It was later determined that Tranchida had died sometime earlier.According to UConn Police Maj. Ronald Blicher, investigations of this sort are always difficult.”The investigations surrounding any untimely death are complex and involved due to the nature of the investigation,” Blicher said. According to the press release, Tranchida’s body was transported to Farmington, Conn., to be examined by the Chief Medical Examiner. Blicher said no cause of death has been identified.”I would not be able to speculate on the time the [Medical Examiner’s] office would be able to return with a cause of death,” Blicher said. The press release stated UConn Police have received additional assistance from state police and from the Office of the State’s Attorney for the Tolland District. “[The case] is still under investigation and there is no indication of foul play,” Blicher said. According to Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students John Saddlemire, no formal funeral arrangements have been made. He said details would be made available if the funeral is made open to the public. Saddlemire also said the university has not yet determined plans for a memorial.”What we do is we look to the family and friends for direction,” he said. Saddlemire said university resources will be made available to all those who feel they are in need of them. “We will make sure the resources of counseling and mental health are made available to anyone in need, as well as the resources of our friends and colleagues in the religious communities,” Saddlemire said. “The Residential Life staff is reaching out to members of the community and making sure they know resources and support are available to them.”Saddlemire said it is always difficult for the campus community to deal with a loss, especially for the family and friends of the deceased. “I think it is a tragic loss for the campus community, and particularly for those who were close to Nick,” Saddlemire said. “Every individual has their own circle of friends, acquaintances and connections throughout the campus community,” he said. “One of our roles is to help the campus community deal with this untimely loss.”