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Authorities Find Virginia Professor Who Went Missing at Florida Conference Dead

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The Averett University community was plunged into sorrow when the untimely passing of Dr. David Hanbury, a respected professor from the private Baptist institution located in Danville, Virginia, was confirmed. 

The devastating news emerged following Hanbury’s disappearance while attending a conference in Orlando, Florida. Averett University conveyed the heart-wrenching update via a Facebook post on Sunday, revealing that Hanbury’s family had confirmed his demise later that same afternoon.

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

The grim turn of events unfolded when officers from the Orlando Police Department responded to a call concerning an unattended death at 450 East Compton Street on Saturday, March 16. 

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The location, identified as Club Orlando, a men’s club, became the scene where Hanbury’s lifeless body was discovered. While the cause of his death remains undetermined, Orlando Police have stated that there are presently no indications of foul play. Nevertheless, the investigation into Hanbury’s untimely passing remains active and ongoing.

Hanbury, a distinguished senior faculty member in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia, had attended the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Orlando when he disappeared. The last confirmed sighting of him was on the evening of Friday, March 15.

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Reflecting on Hanbury’s invaluable contributions to academia, Averett University revealed in their statement that he had been a cherished member of their faculty for over eight years. 

During his tenure, Hanbury served as an associate professor and co-chair of the psychology department, in addition to holding the esteemed position of chair for the physical and psychological health sciences division.

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In response to the profound loss, Averett University President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks announced plans to convene the campus and surrounding community on Monday for a time of prayer and support. 

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The university community collectively mourns Dr. Hanbury’s death, reflecting on his legacy and the indelible mark he left on all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

As the investigation into his passing continues, the Averett community remains steadfast in extending condolences and unwavering support to Hanbury’s grieving family and loved ones during this exceedingly challenging time.

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