A University of Nebraska-Lincoln student was found dead in the stairwell of the northwest corner of a parking garage by a passerby early Sunday morning.

Matt Dutton, 24, of Blair, was found around 2:30 am in the Que Place Garage, 1111 Q St.. Police said Dutton was initially believed to be unconscious, but paramedics said he died in the garage.

Dutton was a senior finance and accounting major at UNL and attended Blair High School.

Capt. David Beggs of the Lincoln Police Department said he could not comment about whether alcohol was a factor.

Beggs said the cause of death is as of yet unknown, but an autopsy is pending.

Police said Dutton fell down the stairs, but there were no witnesses, and no security cameras are located in the area his death occurred.

In a 10/11 news broadcast, Eileen Harman, a friend of Dutton’s, called his death a “terrible loss.”

“He’s such a great guy,” she said. “He reached out to so many people and touched more lives than he probably even realizes.”


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