Worker Killed After Falling Down Elevator Shaft at University of Maryland College Park

A worker was killed after falling down an elevator shaft Thursday afternoon on the University of Maryland College Park campus, authorities said.

The worker fell down a shaft at a building under construction on Route 1 (Baltimore Avenue) at Campus Drive, said Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George's County Fire & EMS.

The University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and Prince George's County Fire & EMS responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m. and found the worker's body.

Police have identified him as Francois Odil Dishmey Kelly.

"We ask that you keep Mr. Dishmay Kelly's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," UMPD said in a statement.

Police do not suspect foul play in Kelly's death.

"The university community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of a construction contractor working on campus today," Carlo Colella, vice president of administration and finance, said in a statement.

UMPD and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health will investigate, Colella said.

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