UCPD discovered a dead body Friday in Manville Apartments on Southside, though the cause of death is currently unknown.
According to UCPD Lt. Marc DeCoulode, police discovered the 31-year-old UC Berkeley graduate student — who the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau identified as Vadim Karagodsky — dead in his room at the 2100 Channing Way apartment complex shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.
“Preliminarily, it does not appear that there was any foul play involved,” DeCoulode said. “It appears to be natural causes but we’re waiting to hear back from the coroner for final determination on that.”
DeCoulode added that there was no sign of forced entry into the housing unit.
The discovery was made after the Karagodsky’s brother called police to perform a welfare check because he had not been able to get a hold of him for a couple of days, according to DeCoulode. Police entered the apartment with the help of housing officials and found Karagodsky’s body at 11:19 p.m.
Police entered the apartment Friday after unsuccessfully trying to locate Karagodsky at a coffee shop he was known to frequent as well as a spot in Cory Hall he was known to study at. The department also sent him an email to which there was no response, according to DeCoulode.
According to the campus’s website, Karagodsky was a graduate student in the electrical engineering and computer science department. He had bachelor’s and master’s degrees from an Israeli university, the website said.
According to the county coroner’s bureau, the cause of death has not yet been determined but officials said an autopsy should be done on his body either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Manville Apartments are studio apartments owned by the campus that are reserved for graduate and law students, according to the campus Residential and Student Services Program website.
Sarah Burns is the lead crime reporter.
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