Update on Sean Murawske

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Update: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

The Alma College community continues to mourn the loss of Sean Murawske. Several students, faculty and staff members attended either the visitation on Sunday or the funeral mass on Monday in Harbor Beach, his hometown. Many still want to help. The men’s basketball team plans fund-raising initiatives on behalf of the Murawske family at this Saturday’s game against Adrian College at 8 p.m. in Smith Arena.

The Alma Police investigation continues. According to police, the autopsy results revealed no traumatic injuries, and a cause of death will not be determined until toxicology results are completed. The college continues to cooperate fully with the police investigation.

President Jeff Abernathy, in a statement to the campus community, said, “I want to thank the campus community for their sensitivity to the students, faculty and staff who have been affected by this tragedy. Please continue to keep Sean’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”


Update: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

The Alma Police Department has announced that a search party has located the body of Sean Murawske. No additional details are available at this time. Sean, a first-year student from Harbor Beach, had not been seen since late Saturday night. More than 300 volunteers gathered at the Alma Chapel at 10 a.m. today to assist police with a coordinated search of the Alma community.

The Alma Chapel is open for anyone who would like to meditate or pray. A prayer service is scheduled for 4 p.m. this afternoon.

President Jeff Abernathy released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by Sean’s passing and extend our condolences to his mother, father, brothers and extended family. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Alma College community go out to the family.

“I am very appreciative of the efforts of our local police and the many, many volunteers from both the Alma and Harbor Beach communities who assisted with the search for Sean.”


Story published on January 14, 2014