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UPDATE: Missing Cortland professor found dead by Sheriff’s deputies

A SUNY Cortland professor was found dead after going missing on Monday, according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Muteb Alqahtani, 40, was an associate professor with the college’s Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department.

Police began searching for Alqahtani on Monday, June 13 after believing he went missing from his residence in the Town of Cortlandville.


Police: Cortland professor’s body found in wooded area

Initially, police said Alqahtani was last seen on Tompkins Street in Cortland around 9:40 a.m. on Monday After investigating further, deputies say Alqahtani was seen near Route 281 in Cortlandville around 11 a.m. on that same day, according to CNY Central.

Sheriff’s Deputies and University Police at Cortland found Alqahtani’s body in a wooded area.

“Dr. Alqahtani was a well-respected faculty member and beloved colleague in our Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department. He was passionate about mathematics education for children and he was involved in several initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum in a statement on Wednesday.

Investigators say they do not suspect foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office at 607-758-5583.



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