A Texas A&M University student was found dead in his fraternity house on Tuesday evening. The cause of his death is not clear at this time.
Members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house called 911 Tuesday evening at about 5:45 p.m. When Brazos County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Matthew Hayes non-responsive in his bedroom, according to The Eagle.
Hayes, a sophomore at Texas A&M, was reported to be an engineering student, the local paper noted. Students in the house told deputies they last saw him when he returned from a party the night before around midnight. They believed he had spent the day sleeping.
No cause of death was apparent and an autopsy has been ordered. The autopsy was scheduled to be performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday.
This was the second death of a Texas A&M University student at a fraternity house this school year, The Eagle reported. Sigma Nu member Anton Gridnev, 19, was found unresponsive after celebrating his birthday in August. An autopsy later confirmed a drug overdose as the cause of death, according to the local newspaper. An investigation after his death led to the arrest of nine other Sigma Nu members on drug charges. That fraternity has since been suspended by the national Sigma Nu office.
According to the Sigma Phi Epsilon website, the fraternity house is a 21-person facility with single rooms for each student. The fraternity has been active at Texas A&M since 1973, their website states. The website’s list of executive council members and active members is not visible on the site at this time. The facility sits on a 7.5 acre wooded lot. No official comments have been released by fraternity officials.
Brazos County sheriff’s officials are asking anyone with information about Hayes’ death to contact them or the local Crime Stoppers office.