A 19-year old student at Wesley College in Dover committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near the campus Oct. 17.


A 19-year old student at Wesley College in Dover committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree behind his dorm early Oct. 17, according to a report from Dover Police.

Officials at the college identified the victim as Charles Conley, a freshman from Edison, N.J.

Police said a passing motorist called 911 Oct. 17 at approximately 7:30 a.m., after discovering the victim in an alley between the 200 block of North Governors Avenue and Bradford Street.

Detectives found a suicide note and suspect no foul play or criminal activity.

Conley lived in Thomas C. Roe Hall, a dormitory steps away from where his body was found, said Wesley Dean of Students Mary Alice Ozechowski.

"It's a tragic loss for the college. It's been a sad couple of days," Ozechoski said.

A day after the incident, students and facutly held a candlelight vigil on campus in honor of Conley, who played on Wesley's football team and was considering a career working with children.

Ozechoski wouldn't comment on what could have driven Conley to commit suicide.

"I don't think we ever know why a 19 year old would choose to end his life," she said. "The kid had a big heart and lot of character."

Ozechoski said Wesley is chartering buses to transport students to the viewing and funeral for Conley on Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 22,  at Rose of Sharon Community Baptist Church in Plainfield, N.J.