Coroner releases cause of Grace College student’s death

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WINONA LAKE, Ind.—The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office released information on the investigation into the death of a Grace College student.

Bethany Nesbitt’s cause of death has been ruled natural due to a pulmonary embolus that had not been previously detected, the coroner’s office said.

“While COVID did play a role in contributing to the death, it was not caused by COVID,” the coroner said.

Nesbitt, 20, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, was found deceased in her residence hall on October 30.

On Tuesday morning, Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip shared the following statement:

“Grace College students, faculty and staff continue to pray for the Nesbitt family and mourn the loss of a beloved classmate and friend, Bethany Nesbitt. We are also working with the family to honor Bethany’s legacy. She will always be remembered for her joyful spirit, her love for the Lord and others and her positive impact on campus.”

“It is in times like these that our only sure and true comfort comes from knowing the Lord, the God of all creation. I am reminded of what the psalmist says in Psalm 73: ‘My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.’”

Grace College has detailed protocol and procedures in place to care for students, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to monitor anyone on campus with COVID-19 symptoms. These procedures were followed in the care of Bethany Nesbitt.


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