Thursday, April 19

Body found near Boelter Hall identified as UCLA library employee

This post was updated at 9:25 p.m.

A body found at the bottom of Boelter Hall on Tuesday was identified today as Reynaldo Quitos, 47, a UCLA library employee, according to officials.

Quitos was an assistant in the Southern Regional Library Facility, which is located near Saxon Suites across campus from Boelter Hall, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for university police.

It appears as though Quitos either fell or jumped from the building.

The cause of Quitos’ death is still under investigation, Los Angeles County coroner officials said.

UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said there is no indication of foul play.

Quitos’ autopsy will begin after an investigator’s report is completed, said Courtney Morrow, an investigator at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. She expected the report to be finished late Wednesday night.

Quitos’ legal next of kin has been notified about the death, Morrow said.

Police were notified that Quitos’ body was near the stairs between the California NanoSystems Institute and Boelter Hall at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

The stairway between the two buildings remained blocked off to access for several hours. The coroner’s office removed the body at around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The university is providing counseling to people affected by the death, according to a university statement.

Compiled by Yael Levin, Bruin contributor. Contributing reports by Naheed Rajwani, Bruin senior staff.

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