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UC Davis student from Auburn area found dead in dorm

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A UC Davis student from the Auburn area was found dead in his off-campus dorm room Tuesday and a coroner’s investigation had yet to determine a cause. A UC Davis spokesman said Wednesday that the death of Alexander Nelson Goldschneider, 21, was not being investigated at this stage as a homicide. Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said that an initial examination found no evidence of foul play and no visible bruises on the body. An autopsy reinforced that conclusion Wednesday, he said. Goldschneider’s body was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in his room at the 192-resident Castilian Hall on Wake Forest Drive in Davis. UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell said Goldschneider’s parents had become concerned after not hearing from him since last Friday. Fell said Goldschneider was listed as a student from Auburn. He was a junior at the school and in his first year at UC Davis. Goldschneider lived in a suite with two other bedrooms and a shared common area. His parents contacted UC Davis Campus Police and campus housing officials, who entered his room Tuesday afternoon on a welfare check. Neither LaBrash or Fell could say whether Goldschneider’s door was locked before the welfare check took place. LaBrash declined to answer questions on possible reasons for the student’s death, other than to reiterate that no foul play is suspected, no bruising was evident, the cause of death was “pending” and the manner of Goldschneider’s death was “pending.” Blood toxicology tests will also be undertaken but those are expected to take two to four weeks, he said. UC Davis has a student population of 30,000, with 4,500 students in student housing. Castilian Hall is located off campus. While Fell said that counseling services are being made available to Castilian Hall residents, as well as staff, faculty and Goldschneider family residents. Goldschneider describes himself on his Facebook page as a student in human development expecting to graduate in 2012. Goldschneider graduated from Bear River High School in 2008 and had worked at Target while going to community college. He stated on his homepage of the social networking site that he was on a leave of absence from work as a team member at Target but that he was planning to return there during the summer.