MORGANTOWN — Officers with the WVU Police still await reports from the state’s Medical Examiner Office related to the death of a WVU student earlier this year.

Arthur William Bagenda, 19, of Bethesda, Md., was found unresponsive around 8:20 a.m. in January, lying along the Deckers Creek Trail, near the Walnut Street Bridge.

Preston said they are still awaiting information from the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office. He admitted it is “frustrating” having to wait because they have to communicate with family and others.

According to Department of Health and Human Resources Spokesman Toby Wagoner, they can only release autopsy information to law enforcement or next of kin. Therefore they had no information on the case. The DHHR oversees the state Medical Examiner’s Officer.

Case paperwork takes substantial time to complete, according to Wagoner. That includes examination reports, medical, toxicology which can take 90 days are longer.

In 2017, 3,900 cases were submitted to the office, a 19 percent increase from the same time period last year. Currently, there are nearly 350 cases more than 90 days old.