Police find UM student dead in his apartment

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - A 22-year-old male University of Montevallo student was found dead in his apartment Tuesday, according to the City of Montevallo Police Department. The police received a call around 2:54 p.m. April 5 and discovered the body of Matthew Strickland inside his apartment on East Boundary and Shelby Street.

The cause of Strickland's death is undetermined, but foul play is not suspected, according to a press release sent out by the university.

Strickland, who was from the Huntsville area, was enrolled full-time at UM during fall of 2010 and spring of 2011. He began taking classes part-time during the summer of 2010.

"The Montevallo family extends its heartfelt condolences to Matthew's family," said UM President John Stewart in the release. "We all mourn this loss and wish his family our best for healing and comfort at such a difficult time."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been determined for Strickland. The university is opening counseling services for students, faculty and staff.

City of Montevallo police are continuing to investigate the death.

Montevallo police are also continuing to search for a missing male UM student, Robert Hardin, who has been reported missing since March 7. The department has updated their website with new photos of Hardin and are following leads from possible sightings of the 26-year-old.

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