COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ)—Police are investigating the death of a University of Maryland hockey player found in his apartment on Campus Drive in College Park. They believe it may be a drug overdose.
WJZ investigative reporter Mike Hellgren reports the state medical examiner’s office is working to determine how he died.
The findings will be key. According to published reports, they found crack cocaine and ecstasy inside his apartment just steps from campus.
Michael Mutryn seemed to have it all: he was from the wealthy suburb of Potomac, played for the University of Maryland ice hockey team and was set to graduate next year to pursue a career in finance.
But that all came to a heartbreaking end when authorities found him inside his apartment in a self-described luxury complex just steps from campus.
WJZ watched as several officers went inside.
According to police and published reports, they found two 9 millimeter handguns in the apartment–along with needles, crack and ecstasy.
“The body is being taken to the medical examiner in Baltimore, where an examination is being conducted, and it will take six weeks for toxicology results to come back,” said Julie Parker. Prince George’s County Police.
Police say his roommate found him unresponsive around 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday and called 911.
Senior Alex Brown says the death has been a hot topic on Twitter and was critical of the university for not sending out an alert.
“Usually our athletes are really busy. It just seems weird–even that the university didn’t say anything,” said Brown, a senior.
And the reported discovery of weapons alarmed several students, including senior Bilal Khalid.
“I don’t really know too many people that would be able to have access to things like that. I don’t know how he would. I feel there’s more they could look into,” Khalid said.
Sources say Mutryn went to a hockey team banquet the night before he died and that what happened to him could be part of an epidemic of drug overdose deaths in the area.
“In a way it does surprise me here. We don’t really hear about stories like this here,” a grad student said.
Mutryn was just 23 years old.
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