Cause of death determined for ISU senior

Michaela Ramm

An ISU student’s death was ruled as a suicide Thursday by the state medical examiner.

Dane Schussler, senior in genetics, was found dead at about 9:30 p.m. Monday on the Union Pacific Railroad property between Brookside Park and Haber Road.

ISU Deputy Police Chief Carrie Jacobs said the body was found on the tracks and had made contact with the train. The medical examiner’s office found Schussler had died from multiple blunt force injuries. 

The 21-year-old lived at the Frederiksen Court apartments near the train tracks. 

Calli Hite, a Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman, said two railroad employees headed eastbound saw an individual on or around the tracks around 9:30 p.m. and called the railroad’s response and dispatch department. Police were then notified by the railroad. 

“We are confident it was a suicide,” Jacobs said. 

Jacobs said there were various items at the scene that helped to determine Schussler had intentionally climbed up the tracks and committed the act. 

“We are 99.999 percent sure,” Jacobs said. 

The deputy said there were no substances found on the scene. 

Shannon McCarty contributed to this story.