Lynn University student found dead behind Mizner Park restaurant

Shayan Mortazavi died of 'injuries consistent with a fall,' police say

BOCA RATON, Fla. – A body found behind a Mizner Park restaurant Saturday has been identified as that of a Lynn University student, Boca Raton police said Monday.

Police were called about 6:15 a.m. Saturday after a cleaning crew found a body on the ground behind a restaurant.

Boca Raton police Officer Sandra Boonenberg said detectives identified the victim as Lynn University student Shayan Mortazavi. Boonenberg said investigators determined that Mortazavi suffered "injuries consistent with a fall."

Mortazavi was an 18-year-old freshman from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Lynn University said in a statement.

"He was an undecided major who expressed interest in film and multimedia journalism," the statement said. "Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ones."

Lynn University has counseling available for any student or employee affected by the death and is cooperating with the Boca Raton Police Department as the investigation continues.

Police are asking anyone who might have seen Mortazavi  on Friday or Saturday to call Detective Tim Kurdys at 561-338-1377 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.

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Peter Burke returned for a second stint of duty at Local 10 News in February 2014.