updated 4/11/2005 9:10:38 AM ET 2005-04-11T13:10:38

A U.S. Naval Academy student was found dead outside a campus dormitory after apparently falling to his death, authorities said.

The body of Midshipman 2nd Class Jay Michael Dixon, 21, of Destrehan, La., was discovered Saturday.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating. The academy said no further information was available Sunday, including where Dixon may have fallen from.

“The investigation is still ongoing,” said Cmdr. Rod Gibbons, the academy’s spokesman. “Where did he fall from, when, how. And until that investigation determines those facts, it would be premature to say.”

Dixon, a third-year midshipman, was a physics major and a member of the campus radio station. He joined the academy “because he loved his country dearly,” his aunt Donna Hendley told the Washington Post.

In February, a judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Navy filed by the family of a student who had fallen more than 50 feet from his dorm window in 2002. Since then, safety devices have been installed on windows.

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