|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1966|
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 1986|
Jeanne Ann Clery, 19, the Lehigh University student who was found slain in her dormitory room Saturday, was strangled and sexually abused, according to Northampton County Coroner Joseph Reichel.
After an autopsy yesterday, Reichel also ruled the young woman's death a homicide.
Meanwhile, university officials have increased security patrols and taken other measures in response to the first on-campus murder at Lehigh.
Reichel said Clery, of 802 Brookwood Lane, Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, died of manual strangulation. The autopsy at Muhlenberg Hospital Center showed evidence of physical and sexual abuse, Reichel said.
Authorities have said Clery was found in her room after 11 a.m. Saturday by a student who saw that the victim's dormitory-room door was open. Reichel said Clery was found in her bed, but he would not elaborate on the nature and extent of the assault.
Clery resided in Stoughton House, a coed dormitory with about 40 students in the Centennial II housing complex on the lower part of campus, near Eighth Street.
Authorities said no arrests were made as of late yesterday, and an investigation involving campus police, Bethlehem police, state police at Bethlehem, and the Northampton County District Attorney's office is continuing.
Sgt. Joseph Biro of the state police said "well over" 30 people have been interviewed so far. That number includes non-students, such as maintenance personnel and others who work at the university, he said. Campus Police Chief Eugene Dax said interviews will continue today.
Mark Refowich and Richard Pepper - both assistant district attorneys from Northampton County - were on the scene over the weekend, Biro said.
Authorities would not comment further on the investigation. "All I can say is that the investigation is continuing," Biro said.
Students expressed shock over the news, and the mood on campus appeared somber.
"Everyone's surprised that this has happened at Lehigh," said Pete Trumbore, a senior journalism major. "There's a lot of speculation. Nobody's sure what happened."
"Yesterday (Saturday) was pretty depressing," said Gail Brennan, a senior marketing/management major who was a teammate of Clery's on the Lehigh girls' tennis team.
"She was very nice," Brennan said. "I didn't know her very well . . . But she was nice."
Karen Adams, head coach of the girls' tennis team, said she was "shocked" by the news.
"I was in shock, totally," Adams said, adding that members of the tennis team felt similarly. "I talked to a couple of people, and they were shocked as well."
Adams said Clery was on the team during the fall term but opted to sit out the current spring schedule and concentrate on her studies.
According to Morning Call files, Connie and Jeanne Clery of Bryn Mawr were a top-seeded pair in the Middle States Mater et Filia Grass Court tennis championships in mid-summer 1985 at the Merion CricketClub. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported they advanced to the final round but lost the title match.
Clery, a graduate of the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, was studying liberal arts at Lehigh.
Students interviewed yesterday said violent crime at Lehigh is rare, but precautions were being taken nonetheless. University officials said campus police have increased patrols in residence halls and exterior doors are being locked around the clock. University officials have also requested city police to increase patrols in off-campus areas where students reside.
The Lehigh campus is located on the wooded north slope of South Mountain.
"People are being very careful," Brennan said. "They're keeping their doors locked."
Lehigh officials have sent letters to parents and members of the Lehigh community informing them of the incident.
Officials from the office of dean of students visited all resident halls, fraternities and sororities on Saturday night. The purpose was to remind students of residence-hall safety guidelines that are first given to students during freshman orientation, Duncan said in a written statement released last night.
There are 4,400 undergraduate students attending Lehigh, with 90 percent of that number considered to be "residential," according to university officials.
While university administrators continued to stress safety yesterday, police continued to cordon off Room 301 in Stoughton House. The Morning Call was denied access to the building yesterday afternoon.
The third floor of Stoughton Hall houses female students, while male students live on the second floor. The first floor is a lounge area. Trumbore, the senior journalism major, said some students who live on the third floor were choosing to seek temporary housing elsewhere, either with family or friends.
"Basically," he said, "they don't want to hang around there right now."
Clery's roommate was Leslie Bean, a freshman from Staten Island, N.Y., according to the university's 1985-86 telephone directory. She could not be reached last night.
Dax said there has not been any increase in the reporting of suspicious persons or activities on the Lehigh campus since Saturday.
He said the homicide is the first on campus in the 24 years he has been at Lehigh. The murder appears to be the first ever at Lehigh, according to the Brown & White, the campus newspaper.
Lehigh was founded in 1865.
Clery is survived by her parents, Howard K. Jr. and Constance (Benjamin) Clery of Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County; two brothers, Howard K. III and Benjamin F., and her paternal grandmother, Margaret F. Cleary.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, on the campus of Villanova University. Calling hours will be 7-10 p.m. Tues-day in the William C. McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, Montgomery County.
[The Morning Call - April 7, 1986]
Howard K. Clery (1930 - 2008)
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I'm so sorry you met such a terrible fate 32 years ago, Jeanne! Your parents helped make sure campus security across the nation got improved to help prevent this kind of terror from happening to other young women, so your legacy lives on in the Clery Act!...(Read more)|
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