Denison University student found dead near school

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GRANVILLE, Ohio – A Denison University student was found dead on Wednesday, according to a statement from a school spokesperson.

The school identified the student as Sean Bonner. He was reported missing Wednesday morning after there were concerns for his wellbeing.

According to the Granville Police Department, Bonner was found in the woods near the university.

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Police said he died in an apparent suicide. An investigation is being conducted by the police department.

“We are all incredibly saddened by Sean’s tragic death. He was a bright, active and engaged person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean’s family and friends,” the school said in a statement.

There are professional staff and local religious leaders at Denison to support students and the community.

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Local services

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