Parents Seek the Truth About Son’s Sudden Death in Campus

( – The parents of an 18-year-old University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign student who authorities found dead demand answers regarding the truth about how their son died. Akul Dhawan reportedly went missing after attending a party on his college’s campus, with authorities finding him dead the next day just 500 feet from his last known location. Akul Dhawan’s parents, Ish and Ritu Dhawan, said that authorities didn’t inform them about their son’s death and haven’t learned an official cause of death.

One of Akul Dhawan’s friends initially reported his body to authorities, who promptly transported the young man’s body to the county coroner. After reaching out to campus police, the campus transferred the couple to the county coroner, who informed them of Akul Dhawan’s death. Campus authorities initially found Akul Dhawan on a concrete slab near a campus building, just 500 feet from where he last contacted his parents and told them about a party.

Ish and Ritu Dhawan claim that campus authorities acted negligently in their search for Akul, resulting in the young man’s death. Authorities learned about Akul Dhawan’s disappearance approximately ten hours before finding his body, which Ish and Ritu Dhawan claim was enough time for campus police to locate the missing student. According to the Campaign Cornorer, Akul Dhawan likely died of hypothermia, but an official cause of death has not yet been established.

Ish Dhawan shared a statement about Akul’s disappearance, claiming authorities knew about the dangerously low temperatures in the area and failed to use time efficiently to prevent Akul’s death. Ish and Ritu Dhawan met with several officials from the university, as well as a detective, all of whom assured them they were investigating Akul’s disappearance and death. Despite the assurances, Ish and Ritu Dhawan claim they’ve received no updates about their son’s death.

Ish and Ritu Dhawan believe there is more information about the events leading up to their son’s death and demanded updates about their son’s case. A police spokesperson briefly addressed the bizarre death and reassured community members that the safety of campus students is a high priority. The investigation into Akul Dhawan’s death is ongoing, and more details will likely follow in the coming days.

Akul’s death is the latest instance of an unexplained disappearance during freezing weather, resulting in a death. A similar instance occurred just weeks ago when three men disappeared after watching a Kansas City Chiefs game, and authorities found them frozen to death days later.

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