Medical Examiner: ISU student’s death a suicide
By Luke Jennett
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:42 AM CDT
A death certificate was filed last week for Lucas Rueben Farlinger, an Iowa State University student found dead in his college apartment July 20, indicating that his death was a suicide.
Farlinger, 22, of St. Ansgar, was a management information systems major at ISU. According to the certificate from the State Medical Examiner’s Office, he was found to have died from a combination of drugs and alcohol.
The two drugs found in his system were citalopram, which is marketed under the trade name Celexa and is an anti-depressant, and diphenhydramine, which is contained in medicines such as Benadryl.
Farlinger had been indicted last year on federal charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. According to court documents, Farlinger allegedly received the material between July 11, 2008, and Jan. 25, 2009.
He was scheduled to appear at trial the week after his death. The case has since been dismissed.
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