Authorities investigating after Willamette University student, 19, found dead in Salem park

Authorities are investigating the death of a 19-year-old Willamette University student who was found dead early this month in a Salem park.

Salem police said hikers found Abigail Agustin-Paz dead in Minto-Brown Island Park on Oct. 2. No information about the circumstances or cause of her death has been released.

The independent, student-run Collegian newspaper reported last week that Salem police investigators had visited the private university campus.

The university’s president said there were “no elevated safety concerns” for the campus, city or Minto-Brown Island Park in an email to students last week, according to the newspaper.

Agustin-Paz was from Wood Village, police said. She held multiple leadership positions and worked at the Bistro Willamette coffee shop, the Collegian reported.

She also called this past summer for Salem-Keizer Public Schools to divest money used to police students and invest those funds into Black and indigenous student education, according to the Statesman Journal. She was among hundreds who called on a pair of school board members to resign, as well, the newspaper reported.

An online crowdfunding campaign in her name has raised $15,716 of its $20,000 goal, as of Tuesday morning.

Salem police have asked anyone who has information about Agustin-Paz’s death to call 503-588-8477.

— Jim Ryan

[email protected]; 503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

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