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Autopsy doesn't reveal cause of death for NIU freshman

An autopsy on a Northern Illinois University freshman failed to determine a preliminary cause of death, though DeKalb County officials are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests, an official said today.

Those test results, expected to be available in seven to 10 days, could shed more light on the death of 19-year-old David Bogenberger, DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller said.

If alcohol played a role in the student's death, it would likely show up in the toxicology tests, the coroner said. Police said there were no signs of foul play.

DeKalb Police Lt. Jason Leverton said today that authorities were still reaching out to people who were with Bogenberger the night before he died to piece together a more complete account of his activities.

The 2012 Palatine High School graduate was found dead Friday morning in a bed at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Bogenberger lived in a campus dormitory but was pledging the fraternity, his father said last week.

Police said it appeared people at the house were consuming alcohol the night before, though they were not sure whether Bogenberger had been drinking.

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