Police: ASU student found dead in vehicle from gunshot wound

- An Appalachian State University student was found dead inside her vehicle from an apparent gunshot wound, according to Boone police. 

Police said at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, October 29 they were called to a parking lot on Tracey Circle near the intersection of Mac Street for a reported dead body. 

A 21-year-old woman was found deceased inside from a gunshot wound. She has been identified as Savannah Taylor Karten, of Glen Allen, Virginia. 

Police said it is too early to make a determination as to the type of death. 

"We want to let the Boone and Appalachian community know that we have a team of detectives working on this case. We have certain protocol that we utilize to ensure a thorough, fair and impartial investigation. It is far too early to make a determination as to the type of death. There is always a balance between guarding the integrity of the case, not making premature speculations, and providing information to the community. We can tell you that at this time we do not have any information that leads us to believe that we are looking for a suspect. No information has led us to believe that this is a homicide; however, we still have a lot of work to do. We will keep the community posted of any public safety concerns. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Savannah. Unfortunately, we see this type of tragic loss of life too often." - Chief Dana Crawford

This death investigation remains ongoing. 

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