Police ID young woman found dead in hot tub

Updated: 06/04/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 06/04/2014 1:26 AM WHEC.com

A graduate student has died after in apparent drowning in a hot tub. 

Police say 25-year-old Lisa Voltz was found unresponsive in a hot tub on South Plymouth Avenue near Magnolia Street Tuesday night. News10NBC learned she was a full-time graduate student at Nazareth College. 

Voltz lived in the Ant Hill Cooperative community, a housing co-op where her friends say they all lived and shared together like a family. Her friends say she was a spirited young woman with a promising future. 

Sue Mihalyi has a view from her house of the hot tub where police say Voltz was found Tuesday night. Mihalyi says she didn’t know what was happening when EMS showed up at her neighbor’s house. She learned later that emergency crews were trying to revive Voltz, but it was too late.

Sue Mihalyi, neighbor, said, “I had seen her around the community.  We don't know what she would have contributed to the world.”

Voltz was a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work Program at Nazareth College. She was a spirited and sweet young woman, according to one of her landlords. 

Other neighbors are also shocked to see something so tragic happen in what they call a cooperative community. 

Adam Prince, neighbor, said, “It's just really horrible to hear about this.”

Police haven’t released any details of how she died.  An autopsy is being done to determine what happened. We are told police have no reason to suspect foul play.

Nazareth College issued a statement saying, “Nazareth College President Daan Braveman and the Nazareth community are saddened to learn of the death of one its graduate students on Tuesday evening, June 3, 2014. Lisa Voltz was a current graduate student in the master’s of social work program, which is a joint MSW program between Nazareth and SUNY Brockport.  She was a full-time student, currently enrolled in summer classes, and began the program in fall of 2013. Our hearts go out to Lisa’s family and the professors and students who worked so closely with her. The college is working on setting up counseling services.”

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