DOBSON — A man found dead on the campus of Surry Community College on Friday has been identified as an incoming student.
College president Dr. David Shockley said Douglas Paul Joyce, 21, of Dobson, was set to begin welding classes at the college in the fall term, which began on Monday.
At about 8:30 a.m. on Friday the Surry Community College police chief noticed a vehicle parked near the entrance to the college’s baseball field. Upon investigating the matter, the chief found Joyce unresponsive and notified additional emergency personnel.
Joyce was declared dead at the scene of the incident, according to Shockley.
Shockley said the investigation into the death is ongoing. However, he noted there is no suspicion Joyce’s death is the result of any sort of foul play.
Joyce’s body was sent to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem for autopsy, said Shockley. It could take up to four weeks for those findings and the results of toxicology tests to become available.
The college released a statement, noting its sympathy for Joyce’s family and explaining the status of the investigation.
“The Surry Community College Police Department, in conjunction with the Surry County Emergency Services and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is working to determine the cause of death for Mr. Joyce. It has been determined that this was an isolated event with no evidence to support foul play or the existence of any threat to the safety of Surry College Community College,” reads the statement.