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A 20-year-old student's body was found in a dorm at the University of Chicago Saturday. Authorities believe his body had been there several days before it was discovered by fellow students who reported a bad smell in the hallway.

Nicholas Barnes' body was discovered face-down on the floor in a decomposed state around 4:15 p.m. at the International House at University of Chicago. It had been eight days since he used his university key card, NBC News reported Feb. 17.

A statement sent out to the students and faculty by the university reveals that after the body was found in the dorm, there did not appear to be foul play involved in the death. An autopsy has been conducted, but the toxicology report is pending.

Details surrounding the incident have not been released on this case. An investigation is currently underway to learn what was behind the student's body being in the dorm room for so long before it was found.

Police did not have further details on the incident but a death investigation is being conducted, officials said.

Nicholas Barnes was a junior majoring in Germanic Studies.

This death has understandably shaken everyone on campus. It is not every day a student's body is found in a dorm.

Copyright © 2014 Heather Tooley

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