Coroner: IU student died of blunt force trauma

This undated photo is of Hannah Wilson, an IU student who was found dead in Brown County on Friday April 24, 2015.
Daniel Messel (Courtesy ISP)
Daniel Messel (Courtesy ISP)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — The Brown County coroner has ruled the death of an Indiana University student who was found dead Friday a homicide.

The coroner said Hannah Wilson, 22, of Fishers died from blunt force trauma after being struck three to four times in the head.

Her body was found Friday morning near Plum Creek Road in Needmore. There is no indication of sexual assault, the coroner said.

Wilson was just two weeks away from graduating from IU Bloomington with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

ISP said their investigation led them to Dan Messel, 49, of Bloomington, who has been arrested and preliminary charged with murder. Messel is in custody in the Brown County Jail.

According to Indiana’s records, Massel pleaded guilty to charges in 1996, including battery with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.


Community reaction

“The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the tragic death of Hannah Wilson. Our deepest sympathies go out to Hannah’s family and friends during this unspeakably sad time,” IU Bloomington said in a release.

Wilson was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. The sorority released a statement Saturday afternoon.

Gamma Phi Beta was heartbroken to learn of the death of Hannah Wilson (Indiana, 2015) on Friday. Hannah was a senior at Indiana University.

“The entire Gamma Phi Beta family mourns the tragic loss of Hannah. She was a sister, friend and cherished member who will be genuinely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Hannah’s friends, family and the women of Beta Phi Chapter,” said International President Krista Davis.

Gamma Phi Beta members at Indiana University are being supported with counseling services from the University and assistance from Sorority volunteers.

Gamma Phi Beta requests privacy for the chapter as they grive the loss of their sister and friend. If you would like to send condolence letters, please send them to: Beta Phi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta, 12737 E. Euclid Dr., Centennial, CO 80111.”

Wilson’s death prompted an outpouring of emotion on Twitter Friday evening.



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