A foul smell led to a body found in a dorm at the University of Chicago. According to local law enforcement via NBC Chicago on Feb. 17, 20-year-old Nicholas Brastinc Barnes had been dead for some time because his body had already started to decompose.
The Pennsylvania native lived in the International House at the Illinois-based institute of higher education and that's where students complained of a bad stench before police found Barnes' body on Saturday.
As of this writing, no foul play is being cited in this case even though Barnes was missing for an entire week.
So what is the cause of death of this student whose body was found in his dorm after seven days?
That is still a mystery but an autopsy was performed on Feb. 16 and was considered inconclusive until further toxicology testing can be completed.
Karen Warren Coleman, vice president for campus life and student services, said via a statement, "University staff are making every effort to understand the circumstances surrounding Nicholas’ death,"
Barnes' dorm, which is located on the 1400 block of East 59th street in Chicago, was discovered in the late afternoon on Saturday in student housing that holds more than 100 students.
By way of background, Barnes was a Germanic Studies student in his junior year of undergraduate studies. His funeral will take place in Pittsburgh.
And so, Nicholas Brastinc Barnes is dead, his body found in his dorm already decomposed and face down on the floor, according to a police report.