Man found dead near 42nd & Spruce at suicide scene


Victim was a Penn doctoral student




Police found a body outside 4114 Spruce St. on Aug. 6, at a suicide scene.

The suicide victim was Thomas Meyer, said Philadelphia Department of Public Health Spokesperson James Garrow. Meyer was a philosophy professor at Temple University and received his doctorate from Penn.

Philadelphia Police arrived at the scene at 6:42 a.m., and found Meyer around the age of 30 on the pavement, according to PPD spokesperson Christine O’Brien. He was bleeding from the head and was pronounced dead at 6:49 a.m.

“There does not appear to be foul play,” said O’Brien, and it does not seem to be a homicide case. The PPD believe Meyer jumped from the window in a suicide attempt.

Division of Public Safety spokesperson Stef Karp said the cause and manner of the incident are being investigated by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.

“It is an open matter at this time and I cannot release any additional information,” she said.

Nicole Lipitz, a College pre-health post-baccalaureate student who lives at 4116 Spruce St., said the two men cleaning the entrance to the victim’s house at around 9:30 a.m. told her Meyer jumped from the fourth floor.

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