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Woman Found Dead at UW Frat House

By Jason Beahm on October 08, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Detectives are investigating a probable suicide by a woman at a University of Washington fraternity house. Carly Henley was found dead in a stairwell outside the Seattle Phi Delta Theta fraternity, according to police and officials from the fraternity.

"Our detectives do believe it appears to be suicide and that's kind of the end of it for us at this point ... It's tragic, but it's not a criminal investigation," said Mark Jamieson, a spokesman for Seattle police, reports.

The body was found at the UW frat house at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday as members of the fraternity were setting up for a recruitment event. Henley was found on an outside stairwell below a fire escape in an area that was rarely used. Members of the fraternity, who has 25 in house and 10 out-of-house members, cancelled the event after discovering the body.

There have been a number of suicides in the media lately, many having to do with bullying. A couple of cases listed in the related resources include the suicide of a contestant on chef Gordon Ramsay's reality TV show, as well as a freshman at Rutgers University who killed himself after a roommate secretly taping and streamed the student's sexual encounter with another male student.

The reasons for the death of Carly Henley at the Phi Delta Theta UW frat house are not known, but as a general reminder, there are always options besides suicide. If you or anyone you know needs help, there is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline which can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

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