Boston College student found dead: murder or suicide?

By Mallory Hatten,

The body of Boston Architectural College student Jonathan Dailey was found in a Boston river on Tuesday, weighed down with a cinder block and wrapped in chains, and authorities are still scrambling to figure out the cause of the 23-year-old's death.

People reports that Dailey was last seen eating pizza and watching TV with his roommate Miles Smith in their Boston apartment on October 2. Smith went to bed, and that was the last time he saw his friend.

Police are confused as to whether Dailey’s death was a suicide or homicide and continue to pursue the incident as a “death investigation. Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, said, “The medical examiner has asked for additional specialized testing, toxicology and so forth.”

The student’s family stated that they had witnessed no unusual change in Dailey’s behavior prior and remain in complete shock over the unexpected turn of events. Dailey’s rowing coach discovered the drowned body on October 9.

Dailey’s sister created a Facebook page in honor of her brother, writing on Thursday, “We are all in agony, disbelief and shock right now, not only from the helplessness of having Jon be missing and the overwhelming grief of knowing he has died, but also because of the horror of not knowing what happened.”

While the family has yet to set a funeral date, the sister continued writing, “The investigators told us it will probably be a long time until they know and we will not be told anything during the process, to keep the investigation as pure as possible. If feels like three separate blows, and each one feels like it’s too much to bear…right now, we need prayers.”

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