UPDATE: Two Rockford University students found dead in off-campus apartment

Updated: March 20, 2017

UPDATE: The Coroner's Office has released the names of the two Rockford University students found dead in an off-campus apartment.

The Coroner's Office says 24-year-old Amjad Balkhair and 21-year-old Mohammed Mofti both from Saudi Arabia were pronounced dead just after midnight Sunday after they were found in the garage of a home in the 1000 block of McKnight Circle.

The Winnebago County Coroner says the preliminary findings from the autopsy are consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning, although toxicology tests are pending and should be back in a few weeks.

The deaths are still under investigation by the Rockford Police Department.


Posted: March 19, 2017

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Two Rockford University students were found dead in an off-campus apartment.

The Winnebago Co. Coroner's Office says the two were found shortly after midnight Sunday at 1035 McKnight Circle in their garage. The Rockford Fire Department says carbon monoxide levels were elevated in the garage.

Rockford University released the following statement:

"Rockford University received notice from Rockford authorities this morning regarding the death of two of current students, Mohammed Mufti and Amjad Balkhair, both from Saudi Arabia. Authorities have confirmed that the two men died last evening, March 18, at their off-campus apartment. Police are investigating, but no foul play is suspected. No further details are available at this time."