Death of Denison University Student Under Investigation


UPDATED: Sunday February 9, 2014 8:19 PM

Granville Police continue to investigate the death of a Denison University student.

University employees discovered the body of David Hallman III, 21, in front of a Granville garage Saturday night.

Community members tell 10TV that they're shocked and saddened by his death.

Hallman was last seen leaving Brews Cafe in downtown Granville around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Granville Police were notified of his disappearance when his father called saying no one was able to contact him and he didn't meet his girlfriend around noon that day.

That call for help prompted a village wide search effort for the Denison student.

Police, residents, even professors began to scour the area.

10TV was on the scene about a half mile from the bar where he was last seen when word began to circulate that he was found after a woman called 911.

"I believe we have found the missing student...he's lying on the, we haven't gone up to him he's not moving, he's lying face down," she told dispatchers.

Police immediately secured the area.

He was located lying in front of a garage at 5 Parnassus Village in Granville.

His body was discovered around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police say initial reports indicate that alcohol played a role in his death and there is no foul play suspected.

Police say Hallman likely died of exposure to the cold.

Employees at Brew's Cafe say surveillance video shows that he left the bar without his coat.

University officials released a statement late Sunday afternoon. "David was a wonderful young man who was widely admired by our campus community. Right now our focus is on supporting our students."

David Hallman was a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and about to graduate from Denison this spring.

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