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No foul play suspected in death of Princeton student, police say

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 11/24/2021 Cameron Knight, Cincinnati Enquirer

Police said foul play is not suspected in the death of a 19-year-old who was found in a wooded area in Springdale Tuesday.

Sebastian Sente Ruiz, 19, of Fairfield was found deceased just before noon deep in a patch of woods just to the south of Interstate 275 and just west of Ohio 747. Police said a surveyor working in the area spotted his body.

Police officials said Ruiz had no obvious injuries or signs of trauma. There is also no clear reason for him to be in that wooded area. It is not a known gathering place, nor is a common shortcut, officials said.

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Ruiz lived in Fairfield about two miles away from where he was found. Officials said the teen used to live in Springdale, but not close to where he was found.

The Hamilton County Coroner's Office is conducting an autopsy. Tuesday morning, officials there listed the circumstance of his death as "pending." 

Princeton City Schools Superintendent Tom Burton released a statement Tuesday night announcing Ruiz was a senior at Princeton High School:

"It is with deep regret that I inform you of a recent loss to our school community. Earlier today, local police informed the District that Princeton High School Senior, Sebastian Sente Ruiz, has passed away. 

The police investigation is ongoing, and we are fully cooperating and working closely with law enforcement. If anyone has information to share, please contact 513-352-3040. 

Our hearts are with Sebastian's family and loved ones as they process this tragic loss. We have a deep concern for the safety and well-being of our students, families, and educational community. 

Especially as the holidays approach, we understand that students, staff, and families in our community may be experiencing difficult emotions, concerns, and questions. We continue to provide support for our students during this time - detailed information can be found on our District website's Hope and Healing page.

The Princeton City School District Crisis Intervention Team and staff from Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Talbert House, and Fernside will be available to support staff and students as they return from Thanksgiving Break. If you need immediate assistance, please call the Talbert House hotline at 513-281-CARE (513-281-2273). For additional resources, you are welcome to contact Dr. Ronald Fausnaugh, Director of Student Services, who can be reached at 513-864-1093. 

Any additional information about memorial services will be shared in accordance with the family's wishes."

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