Body found near Dobie Center leaves many questions unanswered

Sarah White

Austin Police Department officers responded to a 9-1-1 call Sunday reporting a deceased person in a parking garage near the Dobie Center.

The call was placed at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday reporting a dead body spotted at 2000 Whitis Avenue, said APD spokesman Anthony Hipolito. Hipolito said that the incident is under investigation by homicide detectives from APD.

Hipolito did not give any more information about the deceased person, and the detectives investigating the case were not available for comment as of Monday. UT Police Department Capt. Julie Gillespie said that UTPD had not been notified of any deceased person report near campus as of Monday afternoon.

Anya Cranmer, electrical engineering sophomore and Dobie Center resident, said she was alerted to the presence of the body on Sunday afternoon by a friend who was walking in the area.

“We walked over to the [Whitis Place Condominiums] in order to see what the situation was,” Cranmer said.

Cranmer said the deceased person appeared to be male and was approximately 40 years old.

She said there were numerous APD police cars in the vicinity, as well as a medical examiner, although she saw no representatives of UTPD. Officers had set up caution tape and were taking pictures when she passed by, Cranmer said.

She said she still felt safe living in the Dobie Center, especially because the deceased person did not appear to be a student. She also said she had been told by a resident assistant in the dormitory that the man had died of dehydration.

Printed on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 as: Body found near Dobie Center under investigation