How did Matthew Mindler die? Child actor's body found days after he went missing

Mindler was a student at Millersville University, Pennsylvania who announced the news of his death after his body was discovered near the campus


                            How did Matthew Mindler die? Child actor's body found days after he went missing
Matthew Mindler was last seen walking out of his dorm building on August 24 (Millersville Police Department)

Matthew Mindler best known for playing Paul Rudd's son in 'My Idiot Brother' which released in 2011 has died. His body was found near his university campus on Saturday morning, August 28. The news of the 19-year-old's death was announced by Millersville University through their official Twitter account. He is survived by his mother Monica Mindler who identifies as a conservative. 

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How did Matthew Mindler die?

19-year-old Mindler's death news comes days after he was reported missing from campus. According to a press release from the Millersville University Police Department, he went missing on Wednesday, August 25. A missing report was filed after Mindler “did not return to his room or return phone calls from his family,” according to Pennsylvania authorities. The police with Mindler's mother and the university staff began working together to find him. 

He was last seen leaving his dorm building wearing black pants, a Millersville University sweatshirt, and carrying a black backpack around 8 pm on August 24. He did not attend classes the next day. “Our police department is continuing efforts to locate Matt in conjunction with regional law enforcement agencies. They are following every lead and appreciate your attention to this effort," University President Daniel A. Wubah said in a statement on Friday, August 27, a day before Mindler's body was found near the campus. No cause of death had been issued until August 30 when it was finally revealed Mindler could've died by suicide and a toxicology test is awaited.

 



 

A note from Wubah announcing Mindler's death read, "Dear Campus Community, it is with a grieving heart that I let you know of the death of 19-year-old student Matthew Mindler from Hellertown, Pennsylvania, a first-year student at Millersville University. Our thoughts of comfort and peace are with his friends and family during this difficult time.

"A search had been underway for Matthew since Thursday after he was reported missing. Millersville University Police and law enforcement agencies from the area had been searching for him since that time. Matthew was found deceased this morning, Saturday, August 28, in Manor Township near campus. Matthew was transported to the Lancaster County Forensic Center by the coroner for further investigation. 

This is a time of grief for the family, our campus, and the community. I ask the campus community come together to support each other, and our students, during this difficult time. 

Students in need of support are encouraged to contact the Millersville Counseling Center (717) 871-7821, chaplains within Campus Ministries, Health Services (717) 871-4141. Employees impacted should contact the State Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-692-7459."

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