28-year-old University graduate student Alison Meloy was found dead in her home on Commonwealth Drive yesterday, the Cav Daily reports. County police believe her death was a homicide. Meloy worked as a teaching assistant for Larry Sabato‘s Introduction to American Politics class, and was a 1994 graduate of Swarthmore. [Update: Keep reading to see tjposey‘s clarification. He suspects that local news organizations are dramatizing the story based on the few available facts.]
4 thoughts on “Grad. Student Murdered?”
Just to clarify a few things:
-By this afternoon a cause of death has not been established, and as such, a homicide investigation is not specifically underway
-At the current point, the case is still being investigated as a possible accidental death, suicide, or homocide.
The reporting news organizations: Cavalier Daily, NBC 29, and WINA have dropped the ball in reporting this preliminary report, without a specific source. None of the organizations mentioned are able to get a police source on record ruling this as a homocide, but are reporting it as such. This is really an attempt to dramatize facts early at a cost of fear and emotional harm to those anxiously awaiting some resolution.
Having said that, they are expecting the release of a preliminary coroner’s report late this afternoon, at which time, such statements may be validated, but at the current point this is irresponsible journalism.
An update after the 5PM News…
In reality, there is no new news. 29 News contained a rehash of the present facts, including more pictures.
WINA, despite merging her two positions, reports that police say her car has been found, and they could not classify it as stolen. They still report her as murdered and police looking for her killer, without verification by a police source.
It’s a shame that there wasn’t information that shows that she wasn’t murdered. Not only because it would likely prove (in some ways, I imagine) a great relief to her friends, family, and community, but also because local news outlets would be forced to admit that they were overly-hasty in their conclusions.
How upsetting time that this must be for everybody that knew her. A little resolution would probably go a long way.
Channel 29 did a bad job with this report. Yeah, I particularly liked the part where the reporter described Meloy’s coworkers as “taking news of her death in stride”. Is that the most poor choice of wording ever or is it just me? The interviews with the grief-stricken coworkers contradicted that description pretty well anyway. Somebody remind the people at 29 not to get quite so overzealous that they forget what they’re saying next time they get a real news story to cover.
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