Family of dead student sues Washington University
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The South Korean family of a Washington University student who died in 2013 has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of tampering with evidence.
Twenty-two-year-old student Yongsang Soh died after falling from a 23rd-floor balcony of his apartment building. The family accused university Director of International Advising Martha Turner and Lupton Chapel Funeral Home Director James Francis of conspiring to burn Soh's clothing and other personal items before police could examine them.
A document on file at the St. Louis Office of the Medical Examiner has Turner's signature authorizing releasing Soh's body to the funeral home. But university spokeswoman Jill Friedman provided the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with a government document with Turner's official signature that doesn't match the other.
The newspaper says Turner and Francis couldn't be reached for comment Monday.