Support Local Journalism


A Central Washington University freshman, Madison Murphy, 19, was pronounced dead at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the university.

In an email to students, Assistant Dean of Student Success Jack Baker said Murphy was found unconscious Thursday night in Barto Hall and later pronounced dead at KVH Hospital.

Baker said in the email police are still investigating, but initial, unconfirmed impressions from housing staff indicate Murphy died of natural causes.

Central is making grief counselors available to students through its residential life program.

Recommended for you


Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.