Police Investigate Winona State Student’s Death

WINONA, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A Winona State University student was found dead in her dorm room Wednesday — the second college student to die in Winona in recent days.

Winona Police Department officers were dispatched to Morey Hall on the Winona State University campus around 9:30 a.m. on the report of an unresponsive woman.

The university says 19-year-old freshman Monica Gadient of Goodhue had died unexpectedly.

An autopsy will be performed at the Dakota County Medical Examiner’s Office. Police say there were no signs of foul play and Gadient appeared to have been alone at the time of her death.

The incident is currently under investigation.

On Saturday, St. Mary’s University freshman Millie Harrison of Colorado Springs, Colo., died of natural causes. She was also 19.

Counseling and support services are available to members of both university communities.

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  • Jackie Du Charme

    I haven’t heard all the evidence yet but have a feeling both of these deaths are suspicious. Two young people, same college and natural death. Maybe they should check into some they took by mouth or were given.

    • TIm

      ummmm…………not the same college. Same town.

  • Vander

    WSU dorms have always had strang tragic things happen.. people jumping out of 13th floor windows for no reason, balcony falling down killing people etc.
    Just one of them places that stuff happens…

  • K man

    Monica’s family and friends are in our prayers tonight!

  • Mel

    Millie’s death was due to natural causes, diabetes related. And they are not the same university.

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