Massachusetts UNH student died of accidental drowning, officials say

The body of Vincenzo Lirosi, a 22-year-old student at the University of New Hampshire, was found in Durham, New Hampshire on Sunday, police said.Durham Police Department

Vincenzo Lirosi, the 22-year-old student from the University of New Hampshire in Whitman, Mass., Whose body was found in a swampy area near the Durham campus, has died of accidental drowning, announced Wednesday officials.

The cause of death was determined by an autopsy conducted by the chief medical examiner for New Hampshire, Durham police said in a statement.

Durham Police Chief Rene Kelley said earlier this week that Lirosi’s death was not considered suspicious.

Lirosi was last seen between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and was reported missing at 3 a.m., police said. His body was found in a swampy area off Coe Drive on Sunday, officials said.

UNH officials suspended the Sigma Chi fraternity after learning that Lirosi was involved in an “altercation” at a fraternity event hours before his body was found. Officials said the suspension did not indicate a finding of responsibility as the investigation into Lirosi’s death is still ongoing.

Material from earlier Globe stories has been used in this report.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @jeremycfox.

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