The body of a Temple University Hospital pharmacist who had been missing and was believed to be suicidal was found in a parking garage at the Health Sciences Campus Friday morning.
A statement released through Temple’s Health System confirmed that Robin Outten, 54, of Woodbury, N.J., was an employee of Temple Hospital.
“We’re very saddened by t
he circumstances of this event and we extend our sincerest condolences to Mr. Outten’s family and friends,” the statement read, “We are cooperating fully with the Philadelphia Police.”
Outten was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Nov. 3 after he did not arrive for a planned visit. He had last been heard from on Nov. 1 by telephone, according to a press release by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release a cause of death. Calls to the office were not returned Monday, Nov. 11.
Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said Outten was divorced, had two daughters and lived alone in his home in Woodbury, N.J. Outten notified the hospital that he would not arrive for work from Friday, Nov 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3.
Weisenfeld said Outten was found by Temple police inside his car in the parking garage. His car had last been recorded going over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia around 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Weisenfeld said family told the police that they believed Outten to be suicidal when they reported him missing, though there were no details on what circumstances led to his death.
A spokesperson for Temple Health Systems declined to comment further on the case.
In November 2012, Temple police discovered a female student who had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside her car in the Liacouras Parking Garage on Main Campus.
Temple sent a TU Advisory to students and faculty after the 2012 incident, while no such notification was released in Friday’s incident.
Students or faculty in need of counseling can contact Tuttleman Counseling Services at 215-204-7276.
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