- The Washington Times - Monday, November 22, 2004

ASSOCIATED PRESS

University of Maryland campus police are investigating the death of a student found injured outside a parking garage.

Investigators are not sure how Joseph Helfand, 28, a graduate student from Vero Beach, Fla., was hurt Sunday, but several officers said he may have fallen from the top of the Regents Drive parking garage.

Mr. Helfand died at 2:48 a.m. Sunday at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, said Maj. Paul Dillon, a University of Maryland Police spokesman.

“We don’t suspect foul play,” Maj. Dillon said.

Mr. Helfand’s body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore. Autopsy results may not be available until after Thanksgiving, police said.

A Shuttle-UM driver called police about 2 a.m. Sunday and told dispatchers a man lying on the ground looked as if he was having a seizure, University of Maryland Police spokeswoman Maj. Cathy Atwell said.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly afterward and began performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Maj. Dillon said.

Mr. Helfand had noticeable head injuries.

“One of my guys said he had a faint pulse, and they lost it pretty quickly,” Maj. Dillon said.

The three-story garage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is not staffed.

Mr. Helfand earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and oceanography engineering from Virginia Tech, said his parents, Richard and Clarice Helfand of Vero Beach.

He had planned to complete his master’s degree at the University of Maryland and get a doctorate, Mrs. Helfand said.

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