OREM — A Utah Valley State College student who apparently committed suicide on Monday has been identified as the son of U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
A spokesman for the senator issued a statement Tuesday.
According to Orem Police Lt. Doug Edwards, a friend found Garrett Smith dead at his apartment Monday afternoon after Smith failed to show up for class at UVSC.
The friend told police that Smith — who would have turned 22 on Tuesday — had acted depressed recently and made comments about committing suicide. He was last seen Sunday night playing with his dog outside his apartment, where he lived alone.
College records indicate he was pursuing a degree in culinary arts. He had been a student since 2002.
"This in an incredibly difficult time for Senator Smith, (wife) Sharon and their family. Garrett was a wonderful young man who brought joy into the life of his family and friends," said John Easton, the senator's chief of staff.
Gordon Smith — who is currently serving his second six-year term as a senator — and his wife have two other children.
The incident remains under investigation, Edwards said.