Morris Hall is a residence hall on Miami University’s Oxford campus. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

ID released for Miami U. student found dead

“Erica Buschick, from Gurnee, Illinois, was a first-year student studying special education and a member of Miami’s Best Buddies chapter,” according to the statement.

The 18-year-old Miami University student was found dead Friday, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

A cause of death is still pending toxicology.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Erica’s family and friends. Students in Erica’s residence hall (Morris Hall) have been offered counseling,” said Curme.

“Erica’s passing represents a loss to our entire Miami University community. If any students need support during this difficult time, please contact these resources: Student Counseling Services, 195 Health Services Center, 513-529-4634, or the Dean of Students office, 110 Warfield Hall, 513-529-1877,” he said.

Services will be held this Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6401 Gages Lake Rd. in Gurnee. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m., followed by a memorial mass at 7 p.m.

UPDATE @ 11:21 a.m. (Jan. 23):

The Miami University student found dead Friday has been identified as Erica Buschick, 18, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

A cause of death is still pending toxicology.


Police are investigating the death of a Miami University student who was found dead Friday morning in a dorm room.

The body of the female student, who Miami officials had not identified, was found in Morris Hall, one of the school’s residential dorms on its main Oxford campus in Butler County.

Neither school, police nor coroner officials would comment further about to the nature of their investigations into the student’s death.

Claire Wagner, spokeswoman for Miami University, released a statement saying: “Miami University police are investigating the death of a female Miami student on campus Friday. We are notifying family and the Butler County coroner was called.”

“Our sincere condolences go to family and friends. Counseling and support are available from Miami’s Student Counseling Service,” Wagner said.

Morris Hall — at 651 South Maple Avenue — on campus is in the South Quad of the university, which enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate students at its main campus.

Few students were on campus Friday as the winter break for the school ends Monday.

The last student death in a Miami dorm was in 2013 when a female sophomore’s body was found.

The Butler County Coroner later ruled the death a suicide and the toxicology report revealed the cause of death to be a high volume of prescription medications combined with alcohol.

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