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Parents of Alexander Grant Place Billboards Around Saratoga

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The billboard on Route 9

Still unconvinced that foul play was not a factor in the death of their son, the Grants have posted a billboard in Saratoga calling for further information, WNYT reports. The billboard is located on Route 9 in Wilton and reaffirms the Grants’ offer of a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those involved in Alexander Grant’s death.

Once again, those with any information are encouraged to call 877-216-9588 or visit

Skidmore Unofficial’s previous coverage of the Alexander Grant tragedy

(via WNYT)

Family of Alexander Grant Drops Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The Saratogian is reporting that the family of Alexander Grant has dropped their $5 million lawsuit against the people they claimed were involved with his death. The lawsuit named nine defendants, eight of whom were Skidmore students when it was filed last spring.

In a statement released through their lawyer, the Grants expressed regret at the steps taken in filing suit. They are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of any individuals who may have been responsible for Grant’s death.

“After speaking with most of the parties, as well as their families, we have discontinued the lawsuit in its entirety,” they said. “There is a strong possibility that key elements of the tragedy have yet to be brought to light. We believe we have a grave obligation to do everything in our power to determine the causes of his death, and will continue to seek information until we are satisfied that all relevant facts are in our possession.”

Grant’s parents have asked anyone with information about their son’s death to call 1-877-216-9588 or go to Requests for anonymity will be honored.

Skidmore Unofficial’s previous coverage of the Alexander Grant tragedy

(via Saratogian)

Family of Alexander Grant Sues

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The parents of Alexander Grant have filed suit against those they claim are responsible for their son’s death. The lawsuit, which was filed in Saratoga County Court last week and obtained by the Saratogian, cites the fact that Grant was underage and names nine of his peers who provided him with alcohol. The suit also alleges “wrongful death,” and repeatedly emphasizes that all of the defendants knew that Grant was under-21 at the time.

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Police Finish With Active Leads, File No Charges in Grant Case

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Lt. Gregory Veitch and the Saratoga Spring Police Department’s Investigative Division released a statement this morning saying that the department has finished its examination of the active leads in the investigation into the death of Alexander Grant. No charges have been filed and the case will remain open moving forward, with the hope that additional critical evidence and information may emerge.

Included in the statement is a comprehensive summary of the department’s investigation into Grant’s death that sheds light onto previously frustratingly unknown case details and fills many, although harrowingly not all, of the gaps in’s previous coverage.

The most surprising detail contained in The Department’s investigation summery is the revelation that Grant was captured on surveillance footage outside the Amtrak train station at Station Lane off of West Avenue at 11:31pm the night of his disappearance. This detail, unreleased until now, contradicts the common assumption that Grant’s departure from 146 Church St. was predicated on the SSPD’s breaking up of the two Church Street parties held that night. Grant’s arrival outside the station building, alone and fully clothed but visibly staggering, proves that he left the party at least a full hour before SSPD cruisers arrived to disperse the crowd and shut down the parties.

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District Attorney Promises Immunity for Leads in Grant Case

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Following the revelation that Alexander Grant was not under the influence of narcotics, Saratoga Springs District Attorney, James A. Murphy III, has reaffirmed his offer of immunity to any person who engaged in minor criminal conduct, meaning they will not be prosecuted if they provide any enlightening information regarding Grant’s whereabouts and actions in the hours preceding his death.

“Immunity from prosecution is rarely conferred by my office,” said Murphy. “But given the seriousness of the case, in that a young man died, I think that prosecuting someone for an open container or disorderly conduct is not in anyone’s best interest, especially when that may allow the individual to willingly come forward and provide the police with valuable information as to what happened the night Alexander went missing.”

Without speculating too much, the fact that law enforcement officials are still pursuing the investigation after the release of Grant’s autopsy results suggests that they suspect some sort of foul play or outside involvement.

Additional coverage by the Albany Times Union

Grant Toxicology Report Released

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

After six months, the toxicology report in the Alexander Grant case has finally been released, raising further questions in a case defined by its uncertainty. According to a statement made by Grant’s family, the report shows that the 19-year-old was not under the influence of drugs at the time of his death. The statement does not say whether or not alcohol was found in his system.

These findings fail to explain Grant’s disoriented behavior. His rationale for his bizarre journey west—from 146 Church St. to 3 Care Lane, into the woods, and ending in a frozen bend in Putnam Creek—also remains a mystery

Lt. Greg Veitch of the Saratoga Springs Police said that it is still unclear whether law enforcement will press charges, though Grant’s family has once again expressed their anger “that some of the people involved in this tragedy have not come forward with the information necessary for us to understand what happened to Alex on the night of March 5, 2011.”

Toxicology Report Pulls Attention To Grant Death Once Again

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

More than six months after 19-year old Boston College sophomore Alexander Grant drowned in Putnam Creek while visiting friends at Skidmore College a toxicology report may shed some light on what exactly happened the night of his death.

The Saratogain explains that the report, which has been in processing since Grant’s body was recovered from the shallow brook on the morning of Tuesday March 8th, needed to be sent out for a further battery of tests after initial tests returned “surprising” results—a possible explanation for the long delay.

Astonishingly little is known about Grant’s last night. The tragedy, a baffling story of college parties, a bizarre breaking and entering, strange behavior and a two-day search and rescue mission, initially dominated front pages across Saratoga County, Boston and Westchester County (Grant is from Briarcliff Manor) but as the trickle of details surrounding the case evaporated, Grant’s story fell victim to the news cycle and all but disappeared. Aside from a brief story on June 22nd on the case’s inexplicable stall—a peculiar non-news news item—Grant’s story has been largely missing from the local media. The College, slow to comment on the tragedy in its early days, also remained silent.

As Executive Editor, I covered this story for when it first broke and I am writing about it here again because, until recently, the Alexander Grant case has fallen victim to the familiar phenomenon of forgetfulness that has long been Skidmore’s all too convenient solution to many of its problem. On a campus that in recent years has made it de-facto policy to address every issue, big and small, with an exhausting public dialogue, the issues raised by Alexander Grant’s death quickly blew over.

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More Questions Than Answers In Grant Investigation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The Boston College community congregated at St. Ignatius Church on Commonwealth Ave in Boston last night to remember the life of Alexander Grant, the BC sophomore from Briarcliff, NY who died earlier this month while visiting friends here at Skidmore.

Here is Saratoga, progress on the investigation piecing together his final hours is moving slowly. An autopsy showed Grant drowned in Putnam Creek where he was found, but a toxicology report that could possibly shed more light on his condition at the time of his death has not been finished, and it is unclear when it will be released.

Three weeks later now, very little is known about the situation the night of Grant’s death. That night’s timeline, as reported by local papers, seems speculative, and in a letter to the investigative team Grant parents, Ken and Deanna Grant, say they are

“deeply distraught at the unfortunate span of critical hours that lapsed before rescue efforts could commence, we don’t believe that we have been told everything that we need to know about this by Alex’s friends who were present at the time of his disappearance”

A statement that prompted a strong worded Editorial from the Post Star editorial board this morning. The Post-Star has reported that police have said charges are “being considered” in the case for anyone who provided Grant with alcohol or drugs.

Letter From Rochelle Calhoun Further Addresses Grant Tragedy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Minutes after hitting publish on our previous post about Susan Kress’ letter to students and faculty, Dean Of Student Rochelle Calhoun sent an email of her own (appended below) further addressing the tragic death of visiting Boston College Sophomore Alexander Grant.

Calhoun’s letter brings to the table some of the larger questions of responsibility and health that will no doubt play a major role in The College community’s response to this tragedy. Calhoun also explains that the College’s relative silence thus far stems from a struggle with how The College “can best honor the life of Alexander Grant, respect his untimely passing and yet speak authentically about the concerns that we all share when someone dies so tragically.” Calhoun continued, “We can’t help but wonder about how we will continue to foster the kind of caring community that sees as its foundation the pillars of health, safety, care and responsibility.”

A silent vigil will be held Thursday, March 10th at 5pm on Case Walkway.

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College Releases First Official Statement Regarding Alexander Grant

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Skidmore College released its first public statement about, and acknowledgment of, the death of Alexander Grant today around 2:30pm.

In an email sent to every student The Office of Acting President Susan Kress released a statement (attached below) explaining the situation to students, thanking those involved and offering condolences to the Grant family.

Before receiving this email many students were confused why The College had thus far not alerted students to this tragedy. Swift public relations campaigns and communication have not been The College’s strong point this past year as evidenced by the slow and cloudy response to the Compton’s Incident and this belated acknowledgment.

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