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‘Non-compliant with diabetic care:’ Medical examiner IDs student found dead at Wisconsin Lutheran College

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the death of a 19-year-old student from Iowa who was found unresponsive inside a dorm on the Wisconsin Lutheran College campus.

The medical examiner identified the student as Aliya Hesseltine, a freshman. The medical examiner's report lists the preliminary manner of death as "undetermined." It said she was "non-compliant with her diabetic care."

Aliya Hesseltine

The report said Hesseltine was pronounced dead at 12:37 a.m.

According to the report, Hesseltine was found by a roommate, who called a faculty member for help.

Police said officers responded to a "sick and injured person" around 10 p.m. on Jan. 20. Police said the victim was last seen on the night of Jan. 18. According to police, there were no visible signs of trauma to the body, and "nothing at this time is suspicious."

Naomi Broehn

Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, president of Wisconsin Lutheran College, issued the following statement on this matter:

"It is with a sad and heavy heart that we share the news that one of our students passed away on our campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. This is an isolated situation, and there is no cause for individual or campus safety concern. We have counseling services available to our students, faculty, and staff. A memorial service will be forthcoming. Our WLC family is clinging to our faith in Christ knowing that our student is in the arms of Jesus."

FOX6 News spoke with a freshman who lives next door to the student who passed away.

"It happened in the room next to mine. All I know is there was a bunch of cop cars, paramedics," said Naomi Broehn. "They left the scene pretty quickly. Lots of officers blocking off the floor. It just brings to light that it really can happen to anybody."

The investigation is ongoing.

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