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Virginia professor found dead at gay men's sauna after vanishing from conference

Virginia professor found dead at gay men's sauna after vanishing from conference

A beloved university professor was found deceased Saturday at the popular gay men's sauna Club Orlando.

After disappearing during a conference in Florida, a Virginia professor has been found dead at a popular men's sauna.

David Hanbury, 37, was a professor of psychology at Averett University, a private Baptist university in Danville, Va. He was reported missing late Friday night while attending the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Orlando.

Hanbury was found deceased Saturday at Club Orlando, a famous men's sauna, though law enforcement did not disclose where in the facility. The cause of death has also not been verified, but Orlando police told USA Today that the circumstances "did not appear suspicious."

The university praised Hanbury's legacy in a Facebook post announcing his passing, referring to him as a "beloved faculty member" who had a "lasting impact" on those around him.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the heartbreaking update of the passing of Dr. David Hanbury," university officials wrote. "On behalf of the entire Averett community, we send our condolences and prayers of support to Dr. Hanbury's family, friends and all others upon whom he had a lasting impact."

Hanbury's brother, JJ, said in another post to Facebook that his brother was "not a partier" and that his family became concerned after he had not returned their calls nor reached out to their mother, who JJ said Hanbury usually spoke to multiple times a day.

"We're all struggling and this is so hard. I've never seen through anything like this," he wrote. "I don't know what I am going to do without my youngest brother that drove me insane all the time but my world will never be the same without him. He was only 37 and supposed to be with me for life."

A vigil was held for Hanbury Monday on Averett's Student Center lawn. University officials said that "as we grieve as one family, we invite the campus and surrounding area to join together for a tie of prayer and support."

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