OTTAWA COUNTY, MI. (THECOUNT) — Taylor DeRosa, of Royal Oak, Michigan, has been identified as the woman found dead Tuesday in Ottawa County.

DeRosa, a Grand Valley State University student, was found dead on-campus in Allendale Tuesday.


GVSU president Philomena Mantella said the the following on the grim discovery:

“Taylor became part of our on-campus community as a first-year student this Fall semester, our thoughts and prayers surround the DeRosa family during this tragic time.”

The school is located at, 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan.

DeRosa’s cause of death is under investigation.

Police said there didn’t appear to be a threat to the public or campus community as of Tuesday.

According to family members, DeRosa was found dead on Saturday, however, police said the body was located Tuesday. On Saturday, a body was also located off-campus. GVSU police said the death wasn’t related to an incident being shared on social media.

On Dec. 12, a text message was sent to students after a runner reported a body south of West Campus Drive near the intramural athletic fields.

“There was an entirely separate incident occurring off campus involving a fight and a white car that is being shared on social media,” they said in a Facebook post said. “That is under a separate investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.”

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember DeRosa:


Geo quick facts: Ottawa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the United States 2010 Census, the population was 263,801. The county seat is Grand Haven. The county is named for the Ottawa Nation. It was set off in 1831 and organized in 1837 – Wikipedia.

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