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Man arrested in death of UW-Stout student


UW-Stout (News Release) - Local authorities have concluded that UW-Stout student Jesse D. Jensen, who was found deceased at her home in Menomonie on Jan. 22, had a mixture of drugs and alcohol in her system.

Jesse was from Owen, Wis., and was a senior majoring in industrial design with a minor in business administration.
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen released the following statement:
"Our first priority at this time is continuing to help comfort Jesse's family during this time of grief.  Jesse was a bright and talented young woman, and her passing is tragic for everyone who knew her.
"This incident is an indication that no one is safe from the dangers of drug abuse. I am asking the Dean of Students office and the Chancellor's Coalition on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse to forward recommendations to me on a plan to assess and address the use of narcotics, along with alcohol, by our students."
Dean of Students Joan Thomas released the following statement:
"This incident is a wake-up call about the severity of the alcohol and narcotics problem in communities across Wisconsin. However, it is important to note a few facts: Our students report little use of narcotics. In fact less than 1 percent reported during a 2013 survey that they used any narcotic, and 3 percent reported misusing prescription pain medication.
"We are aware of the national, state and regional trends concerning the use of narcotics. My office will begin working immediately with the Chancellor's Coalition on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse to develop the plan that Chancellor Sorensen has requested."
The man arrested in connection with the death, David J. Thorne, is not a student at UW-Stout.



Menomonie Police Department (News Release) - On January 22, 2014 Menomonie Fire/Rescue and the Menomonie Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive 23 year old female that was found in the bedroom of her residence.  Lifesaving attempts were made but unsuccessful.  The 23 year old female was identified as Menomonie resident Jesse D. Jensen.  The Menomonie Police Department, Dunn County Medical Examiner, Ramsey County Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Center Toxicology Laboratory, Clark County Sheriff's Office and the West Central Drug Task Force conducted an investigation in the death of Jesse D. Jensen.

During the course of the investigation David J. Thorne, DOB 12/19/1985, was interviewed and confessed to providing oxycodone to Jesse D. Jensen on 01/21/2014. 

A toxicology test was subsequently performed on Jesse D. Jensen.  The toxicology result indicated there was a mixture of morphine, oxycodone and a blood alcohol content of .16 in Jesse D. Jensen's system.

As a result of information gathered during the investigation David J. Thorne was arrested on 03/19/2014 in the City of Menomonie in Dunn County for 1st Degree Reckless Homicide and Delivery of a Schedule II Narcotic relating to the death of Jesse D. Jensen.

The investigation of this death continues.


Menomonie (WQOW) - Police are investigating the death of a UW-Stout student.

Police responded to a call for an unresponsive woman in her bedroom on 6th Street in Menomonie Wednesday morning.  The police department says rescue crews tried to save her life, but could not.  She has been identified as Jesse Jensen, originally from Owen.  She was 23 years old.  Jensen was a senior, majoring in industrial design, with a minor in business administration.

Police say they're investigating, along with the Dunn County Medical Examiner.  Autopsy and toxicology results are pending.


Menomonie (Press Release) - Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen has issued a statement concerning the death of University of Wisconsin-Stout student Jesse Jensen.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to Jesse's family and friends, and we offer our condolences to them on the loss of this very promising young woman," Sorensen said. "We will do everything possible to help them find comfort during this time of great sorrow."
The Menomonie Police Department on Wednesday night announced the death of Jensen, 23, from Owen. She was a senior majoring in industrial design with a minor in business administration.
UW-Stout will have no further comment pending the outcome of the investigation. According to Stout's Facebook page, the death is being investigated by the Menomonie Police Department and the Dunn County Medical Examiner, but no foul play is suspected.
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