26-year-old student dies after being found unresponsive in Dixie State Student Activities Center

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 7, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A 26-year-old student from St. George’s Dixie State University has died after being found unresponsive in the Student Activities Center, according to officials.

A DSU staff member found freshman chemistry major Jessica Reynolds, 26, unresponsive around 8 p.m., said Jyl Hall, director of public relations for the university, in a prepared statement.

The staff member immediately called 911 and campus police responded within a minute and began performing CPR. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they continued to administer CPR for 25 minutes but were unable to revive Reynolds.

In addition to campus police, the medical examiner, county attorney, and St. George Police Department responded to the scene. Reynolds’ body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office in Salt Lake City, where an autopsy is being performed.

DSU dean of students Del Beatty said a group therapy session has been set up at Dixie State’s Health and Wellness Center for noon on Wednesday for students, faculty and staff who are impacted by the incident. He added that individual sessions are also available through the center by appointment as needed. The center can be reached at 435-652-7756.

“Instances like these are always tragic when they impact our student body,” Beatty said. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family and will do anything we can to help them and all students get through this challenging time.”

Police have determined that this is an isolated incident and there were no indications of foul play.


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