WASHINGTON, Pa. – A Hermitage woman was found dead of a suspected overdose Tuesday morning in a portable toilet on a Washington and Jefferson College campus construction site, according to the Washington County coroner.
Margaret Ester Tinglum, 30, was pronounced dead at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday at 207 E. Beau St., the coroner stated. The cause and manner of death are pending.
Tinglum was found dead on the campus at about 6:56 a.m.
The college sent a campus-wide email alerting students and faculty to the situation.
Eva Chatterjee-Sutton, dean of students, explained that the woman was not a student nor was she affiliated with the college.
“When campus police officers responded, they found the door to the mobile toilet facility was locked from the inside,” Chatterjee-Sutton stated. “A campus police officer forced open the door and found the woman. She was unknown to contractors on the site.”
The campus police are working with the city of Washington Police Department, which has taken the lead in the investigation. She said the situation appears to be an isolated incident and there is no reason to be concerned about campus safety.
Detective Lt. Ron Aiello, Washington police, said the investigation is ongoing.
“It’s still pending the results of the coroner’s office,” Aiello said. “We don’t feel like there’s any foul play to the incident.”
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