MENOMONIE, Wis.- Police in Menomonie say they've made an arrest in the death of a University of Wisconsin-Stout student.
Authorities say toxicology tests show 23-year-old Jesse Jensen had a mix of oxycodone, morphine and alcohol in her system.
Court documents filed earlier in Dunn County say a 27-year-old Owen man told police he provided drugs to Jensen the night before he found her without a pulse the morning of Jan. 23. A search warrant says the man told investigators he warned Jensen not to ingest an entire oxycodone tablet he provided because it was too much for her.
WEAU-TV says the man was arrested Wednesday on possible charges of first-degree reckless homicide and drug delivery.
UW-Stout's Chancellor is calling on staff to look at recommendations on how to further deal with the issue of drugs and alcohol on campus.
"Obviously we are concerned and sad we lost a student as a result of alcohol and narcotics, we have not seen that kind of situation on our campus," said Joan Thomas, Dean of Students.
She says the university has a chancellor's coalition that focuses on drug and alcohol problems. She says that group will be giving the problem a deeper look.
"We'll move forward and this will become a bigger focus of that coalition, not just because of Jesse's death but because of a national trend in the use of narcotic drugs," she said.
Thomas says Stout, like other colleges, is not immune from the problem. And that is something Maddy Ranshaw believes, too.
"I do think it's a problem and the drugs adding into it too can create a disastrous effect," she said.
Ranshaw lives across the street from Jesse's house. And while she did not know Jesse personally, this whole event has still had an effect on her life.
"Without knowing her I was still really upset about it and it was a sad thing to happen," Ranshaw said. "I think any effort to prevent this from happening again would be a good idea."
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