Charlotte student found dead at Appalachian State

macooke@charlotteobserver.comSeptember 29, 2012 

An Appalachian State University student who was discovered dead in a creek on campus Saturday morning has been identified as a 19-year-old from Charlotte.

University officials said Tyler Blalock’s body was found in section of Kraut Creek, which runs through Durham Park. The park, which is located by the intersection of Rivers Street and Hardin Street (U.S. 321), is across from the Holmes Convocation Center.

Blalock was a sophomore studying sustainable development.

ASU Police Chief Gunther Doerr said the circumstances surrounding Blalock’s death remain under investigation. Police have not said how he died or whether they suspect foul play.

Officials said Blalock’s body was discovered by a passerby who spotted him in the creek.

The creek is known to rise quickly and flood during heavy rains, according to reports.

Appalachian State has a home football game against Coastal Carolina beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. This weekend is the University’s “Family Weekend.” Students tweeted that they held a moment of silence for Blalock at the football stadium.

“The thoughts and concerns of the Appalachian community are with Tyler’s family and friends during this difficult time,” University officials said in a statement Saturday.

Blalock’s Facebook page says he graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in 2011.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to call ASU police at 828-262-2150.

Cooke: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @MeghanACooke

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