MSU Releases Statement on Owosso Teen's Death

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MSU has released a statement regarding the death of sophomore Dustyn Frolka, after his body was found alongside a Clinton County highway last weekend.

“Michigan State University has been informed of the death of 19-year-old student Dustyn Louis Frolka of Owosso, Mich., who died Feb. 15 after being found in Bath Township. The thoughts and prayers of the MSU community are with his family and friends.

MSU’s Office of Student Affairs and Services is reaching out to the Frolka family to provide support. MSU police are cooperating with the Bath Township Police Department, who is leading the investigation. Any questions regarding the investigation can be directed to Bath police at 517-641-6271.

For those in the campus community who may be personally affected by this tragedy, resources are available at the MSU Counseling Center. More information can be found at”

--Kent Cassella, MSU spokesman

Police are investigating what happened to Frolka in the hours leading up to his death on Saturday night. A passerby called 911 after seeing his body on I-69 near the exit to East Lansing, just before 10:30pm. When officers arrived, Frolka was partially-clothed and was in "respiratory distress". He was pronounced dead at Sparrow Hospital shortly after.

According to Frolka's Twitter page, the 19-year-old mentioned drug use in the hours proceeding his death, tweeting "I've never done DMT and tonight is about to change." DMT acts as an intense hallucinogenic drug when ingested. Police are awaiting toxicology reports to see if drugs or alcohol played a role in his death.

Bath Township Police continue to investigate what happened on Saturday night. If you have any information that can help, contact D/Sgt. Gary Smith at 517-641-6271 or

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