Local Man Identified in Evans Hall Death





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Officials said yesterday they have determined the identity of the man who died after jumping from the ninth floor of Evans Hall in an apparent suicide.

A spokesperson for the Alameda County Coroner identified the man as Duane Alan Mathews.

"He died of extensive blunt trauma," said Dan Apperson.

He added that it will take between six to 12 weeks before results can determine whether the man was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

UC police Capt. Bill Cooper said Mathews was 38 years old and had graduated from UC Berkeley in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Additional information about the man's family and background will not be revealed out of respect for relatives, Cooper said.

"With suicides, even if we get a lot of details we don't release them out of consideration for the family," he said.

Mathews appears to have had business to do in Berkeley the morning that he jumped, but there is no evidence to show why he came to campus, Cooper said.

He added that Mathews was an Oakland resident who was self-employed in the financial stock market business.

Cooper said his detectives are still doing follow-up work and talking with the man's family.

Mathews jumped from Evans Hall, which is 10 stories tall, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Monday. He fell from the window of a common conference room on the north side of the building.

After landing on an asphalt path, Mathews was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. His body was then taken to the coroner's office in Oakland for identification.

While police are still investigating the incident, they said there are no signs of foul play and no reason to believe Mathews was pushed.

UC Berkeley spokesperson Robert Sanders said records show Mathews started his education at the university in 1979 and then left in 1983.

Mathews then returned to finish his degree and graduated in August 1985.

Sanders said that because school records are kept private, there would not be additional information released about the man.

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