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UPDATE: Coroner awaits toxicology tests on student


Preliminary findings of an autopsy and other evidence indicate a 22-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student found dead in his home likely died of a drug overdose, Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman said Tuesday.

But the final determination awaits the results of toxicology tests, which will tell investigators what drugs and chemicals were found in his body, Rifleman said. The results could take up to three weeks, he said.

Jordan Peterson, a 22-year-old biology major from Markesan, was found dead in his off-campus home Sunday afternoon by a roommate.

It's believed Peterson was last seen alive about 7:30 a.m. that day, Rifleman said.

Stevens Point Police Sgt. Tony Babl said Tuesday there was no evidence that alcohol contributed to the death of Peterson, whom he described as an "otherwise healthy kid from a good family background and a good student."

Police on Monday said Peterson's death was from an apparent drug overdose.

"We suspect overdose because of talking to roommates and things found at the scene," Babl said Tuesday, declining to elaborate.

Police have said no foul play was suspected in Peterson's death .


Friends gathered to remember a U.W. Stevens Point senior found dead in his home.

Police are looking for leads, but they said the death may be drug-related.

Friends of 22-year-old Jordan Peterson are remembering him.

This, after the U.W. Stevens Point senior was found dead.

"Not sure how long he had been down, he was found by his roommates at the home," said Sgt. Tony Babl, Stevens Point Police Department.

They called police for help.

Now, investigators are looking at how it happened.

Stevens Point Police said Peterson may have overdosed on drugs.

"We won't know if that was the cause of death until results are back," said Sgt. Babl.

Police wouldn't elaborate on what was found in the home, but officers said they don't suspect foul play.

Meanwhile, the university is reaching out to people who knew Peterson.

Officials said he was from Markesan, Wisconsin and a biology major.

"The most important thing we can do on our campus is offer support to the people in our university community who are impacted by an untimely death," said Kate Worster, University Relations and Communications Executive Director.

Peterson's friends said his death is a shock.

Outside his home, few words, but many tears.

Friends said he worked in the university's chemistry lab, hosted a show on the school's radio station and loved to read.

As his friends mourn, police said they still have work to do.

"Our detectives have been working all night on the case, they're looking for any leads to show a cause of death," said Sgt. Babl.

For now, a candle sits on his front porch, as his friends wait for answers.

Stevens Point Police said it could take 2 to 3 weeks for autopsy results to come back.


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A 22-year-old University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student found dead by a roommate died of an apparent drug overdose, the Stevens Point Police Department said Monday.

The man was found unresponsive about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in his off-campus home, investigators said.

"We don't suspect any foul play," Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner said.

Kate Worster, a spokeswoman for UWSP, identified the student as Jordan C. Peterson, a senior biology major from Markesan.

Students and faculty at UWSP were notified of the death on Monday morning and counseling services were offered, Worster said.

Police said an autopsy of the student, including toxicology tests, would be performed Monday.

Police originally reported the student was 21 years old but later released his birth date as March 1991.

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