Police are investigating the death of a student on Thursday at Florida Polytechnic University.
LAKELAND — Police are investigating the death of a student on Thursday at Florida Polytechnic University.
Joshua Barton, 29, was reported missing by his roommates and later found dead on campus at about 6:45 p.m., said Maggie Mariucci, a spokeswoman with the school.
Gary Gross, a spokesman with the Lakeland Police Department, said the District 10 Medical Examiner was investigating the cause of the death. Dr. Stephen Nelson, medical examiner for the district, said there was no trauma to the body. He said he will not know the cause of death until there is a complete toxicology report.
Nelson said he was not aware of a suicide note left by Barton.
Barton transferred to Florida Poly in the fall of 2017, Mariucci said.
Poly President Randy Avent sent students and faculty an email Thursday night.
"It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to tell you we have a confirmed student death on campus," Avent wrote.
He wrote that grief counselors were available Thursday night and at 8 a.m. Friday morning.
"We encourage you to please take advantage of these services," Avent wrote. "Increased counseling services will continue to be on campus for as long as needed."
Avent then listed the phone numbers of the company that provided student assistance.
It's the second death of a Poly student at the school in four months.
On Aug. 1, senior Kevin Masculine killed himself on a bench on campus.
That death sparked a debate after the school’s mental health counselor was laid off. The school had been transitioning to a program with BayCare Behavior to provide counseling.
Mariucci said counselors were on campus with students till 2 a.m.
"This is incredibly tragic and unfortunate," Mariucci said.
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