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Clarendon Hills family asks for prayers after daughter dies in Indiana University dorm room

Published: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 9:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 12:28 p.m. CDT

CLARENDON HILLS – An 18-year-old Indiana University student from Clarendon Hills died Sunday, according to Indiana University Police Captain Thomas Lee.

Abigail Bott was living in the McNutt Quad dorm building when Indiana University police were notified of her death just before 2:30 p.m., Lee said.

The Indiana University Police Department and the Monroe County Coroner’s Office are currently investigating Bott's death. According to a news release, an autopsy was conducted Monday morning and the preliminary cause of death is undetermined pending toxicology results.

Bott was a 2013 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School, according to an email from interim principal Tom Paulsen. The family of Bott also included this statement as part of the email to the Hinsdale Central community:

“It is with the greatest of sadness that we acknowledge the death of our beloved daughter and sister, Abbey. Abbey passed away in her sleep on Sunday, October 6, 2013. The cause of her death is unknown and is under investigation at this time. We ask that you offer prayers for us and all those whom you hold dear. Final arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available."

The Hinsdale Central student body has been informed of this loss and student services staff has been and will continue to be available for anyone who may be in need of support, according to Paulsen's email. The student services department may be contacted at 630-570-8253.

The final cause of death will be determined after toxicology results are known in about four to six weeks. There is no evidence of trauma and foul play is not suspected, according to the release.

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