Police Identify ISU Student Found Dead in Sorority Parking Lot


AMES, Iowa - Ames Police have identified 21-year-old Olivia Chutich as the Iowa State University student found dead in a sorority parking lot.

Officers were called to the Tri-Delta sorority Friday morning.

Chutich is the daughter of Allina Health CEO Dr. Penny Wheeler and Minnesota State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chutich.

The family released the following statement.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Olivia Chutich, our beloved daughter, died in Ames, Iowa. Olivia was the light of our lives. We ask for privacy as we grieve this unimaginable loss. Thank you.”

The Ames Police Department responded to a medical call at Delta Delta Delta Sorority, 302 Ash Avenue at 9:49 a.m. Friday morning. The caller reported a college aged female was found unconscious in the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they found the Olivia Chutich on the ground in the parking lot. She was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

Officers then canvassed the area and conducted follow-up interviews.

They later said there does not appear to be any threats to the community. Ames Police are still investigating the death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ames Police Department at 239-5133 or the anonymous tip line 239-5533. You may also contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.