Johns Hopkins University student athlete found dead near Homewood campus Thursday

Baltimore police are investigating the death of a rising sophomore and track sprinter at the Johns Hopkins University whose body was found Thursday morning in the 3700 block of N. Charles St., just north of the university’s Homewood campus, police and university officials said.

University officials identified the student as Abigail Bastien, 19, of Sandusky, Ohio. They and police said the cause of Bastien’s death was unknown as of Thursday afternoon.

“On behalf of the entire Johns Hopkins community, we offer our deepest sympathies to Abby’s family and friends,” wrote Kevin G. Shollenberger, vice provost of student affairs, and Toni Blackwell, senior associate dean of student life, in an email to the university community Thursday.

Bastien’s family could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Police said officers were called to the block about 7:50 a.m. and found Bastien’s body outside.

Detective Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, said Thursday that he could not immediately provide any information about the cause or manner of death.

“We are still investigating,” Silbert said.

Police also said they could not provide additional details about the discovery of Bastien’s body.

Shollenberger and Blackwell said that Bastien was a student in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences who was working this summer in the university’s cell biology department at the School of Medicine. They said she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and a sprinter on the track and field team.

“Her coaches say that Abby always had a smile on her face, loved being a student-athlete at Johns Hopkins, and deeply cared for the members of her team,” they wrote.

“Together, we mourn the loss of such a promising member of our community.”

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