Texas State, San Marcos police investigating fraternity member's death

Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been factor


SAN MARCOS – The San Marcos Police Department is investigating the events leading up to a Texas State student's death.

Friends of 20-year-old Matthew Ellis called police to an off campus apartment complex called the Millennium Apartments around 11 a.m. Monday to report Ellis was not breathing. A judge declared Ellis dead around 12:30 p.m.

Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but investigators are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy.

Ellis was a new member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

University spokesperson Matt Flores said the university is investigating whether the fraternity held any social events preceding Ellis' death.

Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office. Phi Kappa Psi did not have any registered social event the day before Ellis' death, according to an online calendar of approved social events.

The Texas State Fraternity switched its Twitter account to private after Ellis' death.