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HPU Student Robert Tipton Found Dead At High Point Apartment

1:31 PM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Police in High Point confirm they are investigating a student's death from March 26.

Police said they received a call around 10:30am and the person who called 911 said a guest was unconscious and possibly not breathing.  The call came from the Crossing at Chester Ridge Apartment complex, according to detectives.

The student has been identified as Robert Tipton of Memphis, TN. He was a junior at High Point University and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi.

Thursday, Investigators tell WFMY News 2 they believe that Tipton's death was an accidental overdose from prescription type drugs and alcohol. They are still waiting for a full autopsy and toxicology results.

During the investigation, officers were told Tipton was spending the night at the apartment, because he had been drinking and didn't want to drive back to campus.

Capt. Ken Steele with High Point Police said the investigation is still ongoing.

High Point University released the following information to WFMY about the student's death:  The High Point Police Department informed High Point University at approximately 11 a.m. on March 26 that a HPU student, Robert Tipton, was pronounced dead at High Point Regional Hospital after being transported from an off-campus location - The Crossing at Chester Ridge, located at the corner of Eastchester Drive and Johnson Street.

The cause of death is unknown at this time, and the family is awaiting the results of an autopsy.

A group of students traveled to Tipton's hometown of Memphis, Tenn. on a university bus to attend a memorial service held in honor of Tipton on March 31.

The university's thoughts and prayers are with the Tipton family. HPU has made all of its resources available to the family and the university community during this difficult time.

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