A man who claimed to have been sexually assaulted at the University of Connecticut is accused of using a “blackface” wig to frame a woman who said she was harassed inside the university’s Silliman building.
The man, who had allegedly been drinking, was found dead Monday, according to the Connecticut Post.
The Post said a body was found in a field outside the university’s campus in Storrs and was identified as that of Nicholas G. Ferreira Jr., of East Hartford.
The Connecticut State Police told The Post that their investigation into the man’s disappearance remains open but they will review the evidence from the Silliman Building, which is a public area.
“The person is deceased at this time but we are waiting on the coroner to get to him to have a preliminary autopsy done,” Connecticut State Police Superintendent David Higham told The Post.
Ferreira was a senior studying engineering and was reported missing by his parents at 10:43 p.m. Sept. 9, a week after he was reported missing, according to WCVB-TV.
Farreira was an honors student who was attending the university for three years, according to WCVB-TV.
According to The Connecticut Post, Ferreira told detectives that he became enraged at the woman when she was confronted about another man who she had previously kissed on the buttocks.
Ferreira wrote about his encounter in an email but was suspended from the university, the Post reported, and investigators believe his email may have given her attackers more of an idea of Ferreira’s behavior.
Police are trying to determine if Ferreira committed suicide or died as a result of an assault.
The college’s office of student development said in a statement that it’s committed to providing supportive learning and employment opportunities for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
“In addition to all of our resources, we believe in the importance of supporting all student groups, and of bringing all voices to the table,” the statement said. “As the college works through the tragic loss, we will continue to work with our partners to find out exactly what happened and plan for a future of supporting students from underprivileged backgrounds.”
The UConn University student newspaper quoted a UConn spokeswoman as saying that Ferreira was a talented student who graduated with honors, although he had trouble finding work in the job market.
Ferreira is the third person to claim to have gone missing
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