Service Scheduled For BU Student Found Dead In Car

The student was found dead last Thursday in a car filled with toxic gas. (Photo by Sara Humphrey)

WACO (April 1, 2014) A funeral service will be held Friday in Universal City for Baylor University senior Joshua Partridge, 21, who was found dead last Thursday in a car filled with potentially lethal hydrogen sulfide gas.

Partridge was a senior computer science major.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church at 1401 Pat Booker Rd., in Universal City.

Authorities requested the Waco Fire Department’s Hazmat Team Thursday after finding the car, which displayed several signs bearing the common biohazard symbol along with a warning to stay away.

McLennan County deputies and Waco police secured the area near the Brazos River along Donaldson Lane off of South University Parks Drive while firefighters breached the car to release the fumes of any potentially toxic substance.

Foul play isn’t suspected in the death, but authorities are investigating the possibility the student committed suicide by inhaling the toxic hydrogen sulfide gas, McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.

Depending on the concentration, the gas can cause problems ranging from headaches to collapse and eventual death, rapid unconsciousness and death within minutes or near-instant death, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cawthon said instructions for committing suicide in that fashion are easily available on the Internet.

The car had been parked for about 10 hours, authorities said.