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Kean University student found beaten to death in N.J. backyard

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The beaten and battered body of a Kean University student, 22-year-old William McCaw of Gallatin, Tenn., was discovered in the frigid and snow covered backyard of a New Brunswick, N.J. residence on Saturday morning, Feb. 15.

Police in New Brunswick said the young man was beaten to death, according to The Daily News.

McCaw was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. Police arrived at the home by 10:30 a.m. after a neighbor seeing the body outside of the home located on Hartwell Street dialed 911.

Mysteriously, authorities can’t explain how or why McCaw ended up in this particular back yard, as he had no connection to anyone that lived at the residence.

New Brunswick police said he had had "no known connection" to the people who lived there.

No arrests have been made in McCaw’s deadly beating. The medical examiner will be performing an autopsy, although police say that it appears he died from blunt force trauma.

The police were able to confirm that McCaw used to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and would occasionally visit friends in the area. The neighborhood in which he was found has a high population of Rutgers’ students living in the immediate area.

A spokesperson for Kean University, Adam Shubsda, told NJ.com that "The entire Kean community extends our condolences to the family and friends of William McCaw."

Kean University is located in Union, N.J., approximately midway between New York City to the east and New Brunswick to the west.

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