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Missing Averett University Professor Dr. David Hanbury Found Dead

A Virginia university professor who went missing during a conference in Orlando, Florida, has been found dead.

Averet Universitya private Baptist university located in Danville, Virginia, confirmed the death of David Hanbury on Sunday Facebook. The university said it received confirmation of his death from his family on Sunday afternoon.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the heartbreaking update on the passing of Dr. David Hanbury,” the university’s statement read. “On behalf of the entire Averett community, we send our condolences and prayers of support to the family, friends and all those on whom he had a lasting impact.”

According to the Orlando Police Department, officers responded to 450 East Compton Street on Saturday, March 16 in reference to an unattended death call.

When police arrived at the scene, a men's club called Club Orlando, staff took them to the body, which was identified as Hanbury.

Orlando police told USA TODAY that the cause of death has not been determined, but that Hanbury's death “does not appear suspicious at this time.” Police said the investigation is active and ongoing.

Hanbury was attending the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Orlando and was last seen on the evening of Friday, March 15, the university said.

Averett said in the release that Hanbury joined its faculty more than eight years ago and is an associate professor and co-chair of the Department of Psychology, while also serving as chair of the Division of Physical and Psychological Health Sciences .

Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said in a statement that the university is inviting the campus and surrounding community to “come together in a time of prayer and support” on Monday.

Gabe Hauari is a national news reporter at USA TODAY. You can follow him on @GabeHauari or email him at

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