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Officials identify AAMU student found dead in Meridianville pond

A student's body was found floating in the pond on Wednesday. (Source: WAFF) A student's body was found floating in the pond on Wednesday. (Source: WAFF)
Emergency vehicles can be seen gathered near a pond on Wednesday. (Source: WAFF Staff) Emergency vehicles can be seen gathered near a pond on Wednesday. (Source: WAFF Staff)
Officers blocked off the entrance to the research farm. (Source: WAFF Staff) Officers blocked off the entrance to the research farm. (Source: WAFF Staff)
MERIDIANVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The identity of an Alabama A&M grad student was released on Thursday afternoon.

The body of Lavanya Abburi, a 27-year-old PhD student at the school was found floating in a Meridianville pond on Wednesday. Abburi was studying molecular biology at the university.

Around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Madison County sheriff's deputies and fire crews responded to the pond on the A&M University Research Farm near Meridianville Middle School off of Walker Lane.

Officials say they found Abburi's body around 10:10 Wednesday morning. 

"Investigators with the sheriff's office along with Alabama A &M police are interviewing witnesses, the people who found her," said Investigator Jeremy Hughs. 

Madison County Coroner Bob Berryhill said there is no indication of homicide, but that investigators treat the case as such until they have a definitive cause.

He added the victim was known to frequently work in the area.

An autopsy is being conducted by Alabama Forensic Sciences. The cause of death is still undetermined, pending other tests.

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