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February 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Man held in Spain in death of Mercer Island student

Times staff and news services

Police in Spain have detained a suspect in the unexplained death last month of a college student from Mercer Island who was studying in Barcelona, according to The Associated Press.

The death of Crispin Scott, 20, which originally appeared to be an accidental, is now being treated as a possible homicide, and 41-year-old Ecuadorean has been detained, the AP reported.

The Dartmouth College student’s parents, Pat and Norm Scott, declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation.

In a statement released through a Dartmouth College spokesman, Scott’s parents said events surrounding their son’s death “add to the immense pain for us and others who cared so much for him.”

“We have confidence that the Spanish court system and police will handle this case carefully and that justice will be delivered,” the parents’ statement said, adding “There is, of course, no outcome that will bring back our son.”

Scott was found dead in an apartment in a town outside Barcelona on Jan. 7.

A police official declined on Monday to provide any more details, including how Scott had died. The detainee was arrested last week and on Friday a judge ordered him held in custody

Scott was a 2009 graduate of Seattle’s University Prep school.

 

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