Medical examiner still unsure how UM student died


Preliminary autopsy results have yet to pinpoint the cause of LTC death of a University of Maryland student who died on the College Park campus Saturday, but no signs of a communicable disease were found, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.

Donald Gene Castleberry, 21, a junior from Millersville in Anne Arundel County, was found dead in bed at 4 p.m. by his roommate in the Delta Tau Delta house on Fraternity Row, campus police said.

Fire officials estimated that Castleberry had been dead about 12 hours. He was last seen alive at a fraternity house barbecue Friday night, campus police said.

The autopsy revealed no signs of trauma and "nothing abnormal [was] found in the body cavities," said Cpl. Mary Brock, a campus police spokeswoman.

"Internally, there was nothing unusual about the body," Brock said. "We searched the room after the body was found and didn't find any signs of evidence that would indicate anything about his death."

Brock said campus police are awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiner's office Wednesday.

Castleberry's family and fraternity members declined to comment about his death.

Toni Sakalas, who lives next to the Castleberry family, knew Donald Castleberry since he was 8.

"He was just one of those thoughtful, nice kids that anyone would like to have as a son," Sakalas said. "He always had a nice greeting for you whenever you met him."

Pub Date: 4/07/97

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