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Freshman Found Dead at HUB Construction Site

Update 8/26: Crean’s death has been ruled a suicide by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers. Our thoughts are with Crean’s family and friends.


First-year student Jack Crean, 18, of Boalsburg was found dead at about 11 a.m. Sunday in the HUB Construction site, according to university spokesperson Lisa Powers.

She confirmed that Crean either jumped or fell from the crane in the construction site. The incident is still under investigation at this time, according to Centre County Chief Deputy Coroner Judy Pleskonko.

Crean’s body was found this morning by University Police. It is not known what time the fall occurred. An autopsy is scheduled for this evening and will be available in four to six weeks, Pleskonko said.

Crean was a recent graduate of State College High School, set to begin his freshman year at Penn State on Monday.

He was enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, according to the Penn State directory. He was a member of the lacrosse team at State College Area High School, where he was also the president of the Little Lion Fund, a financial club.

We will update the story when more details are available. Our hearts go out to Crean’s family and friends during this difficult time. The family has been notified, and counseling is available to anyone affected by the death.

The death was first reported by the Daily Collegian.

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