UC Berkeley alumnus found dead at fraternity house identified

Source: UC Berkeley

BERKELEY (KRON) — Police have identified a UC Berkeley alumnus who was found dead Saturday morning at his old fraternity house, according to police.

Berkeley police said he has been identified as 22-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Engler of San Leandro. The frat house is located on the 2900 block of Channing Way.

Police responded to the suspicious death at about 7:30 a.m. at the fraternity, Berkeley police Officer Jennifer Coats said. The alumnus was found unresponsive and pronounced dead.

Engler was a student at Laney College and had attended UC Berkeley before. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi, but did not live at the house.

Engler was attending a small holiday party at the time of his death, police said. Investigators said Engler fell from a significant height right before he died, but police did not provide further details.

Police said foul play and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in his death. The cause of death is still under investigation.

Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the national office of the fraternity, said the students there have been instructed to cooperate fully with the Berkeley police investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the alumnus’s family and friends,” fraternity CEO Mark Timmes said in a statement. “The fraternity is continuing to work with the university staff to provide support to the student members of the chapter.”

Two students died in the area, nicknamed “frat row,” late last year, apparently from alcohol-related causes.

A 20-year-old student was found dead in front of the Zeta Psi fraternity at 2729 Bancroft Way at 12:09 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2014. His death was later confirmed to be from alcohol poisoning.

Another student, a 20-year-old UC Berkeley junior, was found dead almost a year ago to the day, on the morning of Dec. 20, 2014. Police said his death was suspicious and possibly alcohol-related.

A Berkeley city report from April said 95 percent of injuries and deaths at fraternities nationwide are alcohol-related.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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