Investigation into the death of an OU student continues


Wednesday, March 16th 2005, 5:33 am
By: News On 6


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Investigators say a University of Oklahoma student found dead in her campus apartment argued with her boyfriend before her death and had contusions on her back.

A police affidavit says Sarah Dawn Tolin's boyfriend, Joe Blackwolf, called 911 on March 7th and reported that she had hanged herself.

When officers arrived, they found Tolin on a bedroom floor and a computer cord tied around the doorknob. She was taken to Norman Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:17 AM.

According to the affidavit, Blackwolf told police the couple returned to their apartment and had been arguing most of the day.

He says he ignored her thrashing around in her bedroom, but went to check on her after the noise stopped a few minutes later.

Blackwolf told officers he found her with the cord tied around her neck and to the doorknob. He says he removed the cord from around her neck and tried to revive her.

An emergency room doctor stated that Tolin had bruising on her back, legs and arms and numerous contusions that could be a sign of previous domestic assaults.