Last updated March 16 at 12:21 p.m.
UCA student Paul Loren Revis, 24, was found dead in his third-floor dorm room in Bear Hall Wednesday morning. UCAPD received a call at 11:04 a.m. from Bear Hall resident Cabrion Ingram, 21, for a medical incident, according to the initial UCAPD incident report.
According the report, “[Revis] was found deceased upon arrival of first responding officers, [and] Faulkner County officials responded and took custody of the decedent from the scene.”
The cause of death is unknown at this time. The incident report stated that a container with 82 pills, a pill box containing 21 pills and empty pill containers were recovered from the scene.
UCAPD Cpl. Michael Hopper confirmed two empty pill bottles were in the room, and that all the pills and containers were secured as part of standard protocol until their involvement with Revis' passing could be determined.
The Echo has confirmed Revis was a military veteran who started UCA in spring 2018. He is survived by his parents, Londa and Paul Revis of Conway, and his brother Samuel Revis, 21, who is a sophomore UCA honors student in the music department.
By 1:51 p.m. Wednesday, the UCA Office of the President sent an email to faculty, students and staff stating, “This morning, UCAPD, along with MEMS and the Conway Fire Department, responded to a report of an unconscious male in Bear Hall. UCAPD and MEMS personnel located a deceased male student at the scene. UCAPD and the Faulkner County Coroner’s Office have requested a medical examination to determine the cause of death. At this time, there is no suspicion of foul play.”
“We are very sad to hear this news, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family," UCA President Houston Davis said via the university email. "We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time."
Counselors from the Student Health Clinic visited with residents living in Bear Hall at 6 p.m. March 13. The counselors left by 6:30 p.m. due to a lack of students showing up for the offered grief counseling; however, Revis' name also had not been released at that time.
UCA Student Services sent an email to students at 9:24 a.m. Friday about coping with loss. The email urges the mourning campus community members to "know that [they] are not alone, acknowledge [their] emotions and share with others who are supportive, engage in self-care (maintain a routine, eat well, rest) and seek professional help if necessary."
Revis’ parents, who were writing his obituary and making funeral arrangements, have agreed to send The Echo a copy of Revis’ obituary once they finish drafting it, and The Echo will continue to speak with Revis’ parents, family members, professors and friends to gather more information about Revis’ life and legacy.
The Echo will update this story as more information becomes available.