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Missing Michigan Law Student Committed Suicide

Posted Dec 4, 2009 7:28 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Police have found the body of a first-year University of Michigan law student reported missing last month.

Casey Neil McGinnis, 35, had hanged himself in a wooded area near a recreation center, according to AnnArbor.com. He had a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and had battled alcohol and depression for at least 20 years, his parents wrote on Facebook.

David Baum, the law school’s assistant dean and senior manager of student affairs, said in a statement posted on Above the Law that the school had been aware of McGinnis’ challenges and adjusted his academic load. He was also able to access inpatient services at the university hospital.

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