New Zealand college student was dead in dorm room nearly two months before body was discovered
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A New Zealand college student reportedly died in his dorm room and wasn’t found for nearly two months afterward.

The unidentified student’s body was found Monday night at the University of Canterbury’s suburban campus after students in his dorm complained of a stench coming from his room, a local media outlet reported.


The discovery came after the first-year student’s father failed to get a hold of his son and reached out to police.

The body had decomposed enough that a special disaster victim identification team was called in to identify it using DNA, fingerprints and dental records. His name has not yet been released.

Officials are reportedly still investigating the cause of the student’s death.

The university has come under heightened scrutiny over reports of the discovery, with many questioning how the student’s body could have stayed undiscovered in a campus residence for so long.

One of the student’s friends told a local Christchurch newspaper that he was a “good and confident guy” who would occasionally “go off the grid for a week or so.”

The university’s vice chancellor, Cheryl de la Rey, told BuzzFeed News in a statement that it is "inconceivable to imagine how these circumstances could have occurred."

"We are devastated by what has happened and extend our deepest sympathy to the family," she said. "This is an extremely distressing time for University students and staff."

Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s education minister, urged the university to “conduct a thorough investigation.”

"If you’re going into a hall of residence or a hostel, you are paying top dollar for not just a roof over your head but also the pastoral care that goes with that," he told The Associated Press. "And I think clearly that’s not been present in this case."