Penn Student’s Death Still Under Investigation

Homicide detectives are examining Amanda Hu's death.

Homicide detectives are looking into the death of Amanda Hu, the 20-year-old Penn student found dead Monday.

The Inquirer reports that while there were signs Hu’s death was a suicide, “the case was being investigated by homicide detectives.”

There was blood spatter on a wall next to Hu, who had been bleeding from the nose and mouth, police said. Officers found “hair in her hand,” police said. Roommates heard yelling and banging from her room, and someone they said was her boyfriend had been banging on her door earlier, police said.

Police said they found an empty bottle of pills that had been prescribed to her this month for depression, as well as what appeared to be two suicide notes. One was addressed to her family and the other to her mental health doctor at Penn, police said.

Hu was on a leave of absence as a student from Penn; she was spending her time working in a biochemistry lab on campus.

For confidential support if you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Learn about the warning signs of suicide at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.