NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey, Chief Kenneth Cop of the Rutgers University Police Department, and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department announced that authorities are investigating the death this morning of a 19-year-old Rutgers University sophomore.
Caitlyn P. Kovacs of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick was pronounced dead at 3:19 a.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
Police began the investigation after hospital officials called at 3:28 a.m. to alert them to the student’s death.
Lt. Paul Fischer of the Rutgers University Police Department, Detective Ken Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have been assigned to the investigation.
The investigation preliminarily has determined that Ms. Kovacs was taken to the hospital by friends at about 3 a.m. when she appeared to be in distress while attending a small gathering at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house at 78 College Avenue in New Brunswick.
The investigation has further shown that the death may be alcohol-related, but the cause of death will not be determined until an autopsy is completed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lt. Fischer of the Rutgers University Police Department at (848) 932-8025, Detective Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5217, or Detective Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3300.