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Springfield Resident Dies at WVU

Scott M. Harley, a 19-year-old West Virginia University student and Springfield resident, was found in a shallow creek near West Virginia University on Friday, Sept. 29.

Morgantown Police officers said an investigation is continuing into Harley's death. Harley was last seen Thursday morning, Sept. 28.

Harley attended West Springfield High School until November 2005 and graduated from Lake Braddock Secondary School in June.

Harley, a freshman, had not declared a major, said Becky Lofstead, director of news and information services at West Virginia University.

Friends of Harley and other students have been mourning him this week, she said, and have been invited to attend a bell ringing ceremony Thursday morning, Oct. 4, at the USS West Virginia at the school's downtown campus in Morgantown.

"We're having a memorial service for family and friends and anyone else who may wish to speak at that time," Lofstead said.

Harley was found near Decker's Creek, a stream that runs through downtown Morgantown and under a railway trail, Lofstead said.

Bill Nevin, assistant director for the university's news and information services office, said the university "extends our sincere condolences to Scott's family and friends."

She said his family has asked that donations be made in his memory to the Scott Harley Memorial Fund, c/o West Virginia University, P.O. Box 1650, Morgantown, WV, 26507.

A funeral is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath Street, Springfield.