Man charged in student’s 2013 death

By Tim Weideman

Riley County police on Saturday arrested an Olathe man in connection with the November 2013 death of Kansas State University freshman Jordan Forbit.

Police reported Gregory Haug Jr., 21, was arrested for involuntary manslaughter stemming from Forbit’s death. He was also arrested on charges of possession of opiates, conspiracy to commit a crime and obstruction.

Haug’s arrest comes nine months after Forbit, 18, of Elkhart, was found dead the night of Nov. 20 inside a vehicle parked in a campus lot outside the Derby residential complex near North Manhattan Avenue and Claflin Road.

On Monday, Norma Najera, a spokesperson for Forbit’s family, said that the family has been waiting for questions to be answered about the young man’s death.

“We are very happy that we’re on the path of having justice served,” she said. “It’s been a long and hard journey to this point.”

Forbit was a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was a resident of Haymaker Hall, which is part of the Derby residential complex.

Kansas State University police investigated Forbit’s death, but initially didn’t suspect foul play.

A warrant for Haug’s arrest was issued through Riley County District Court, RCPD public information officer Matthew Droge said on Monday.

Najera said the family wanted to thank all the agencies involved in the investigation.

“We’re thankful and grateful to the K-State campus police and the (Riley County) D.A.‘s office for what they’ve done in this case,” she said.

Haug was arrested while he was at the Riley County Police Department headquarters. He’s confined in the Riley County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Haug is listed in the Kansas State University directory, although no details about his connection to the university are provided.

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