Fayetteville State confirms student death after body found near campus

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Friday, September 1, 2023
FSU police, Fayetteville police investigating body found near campus
The Fayetteville Police Department and Fayetteville State Police are investigating after a woman's body was found in a residence near campus.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) -- Fayetteville Police said Thursday evening that the death of a female student at Fayetteville State University is no longer being investigated as a suspicious death.

No other information was immediately released.


Fayetteville State University confirmed Monday that a woman found dead in a home near campus was a student.

Fayetteville Police said that just after 4 p.m. on Saturday, officers were called to the 1300 block of Coley Drive to help Fayetteville State Police with a death investigation. Officers said FSU Police responded to a request for a well-being check by a family member. When FSU officers arrived, they found a woman's body inside the residence.

On Monday, FSU identified the student as Mia Barfield. No age or other information about her was immediately released.

Earlier Monday, the university issued a statement saying, "The Fayetteville State University campus community has suffered a tragedy with the death of one of our students. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends. The news of a sudden death in a close-knit community is difficult for all of us and it is important to acknowledge grief and express feelings of sadness during this time. Counseling services is open and available for students, faculty and staff who may need additional support.

Those who need counseling services can click here or dial (910) 672-1203 for on-call services.

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Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Detective S. Berrios-Rivera at (910) 703-6243.

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