According to police reports, the animal was about 2 feet long and 14 inches tall. There was no evidence of breaking and entering into the suite.
Authorities believe the animal is a skinned fox, and police had no suspects as of Monday afternoon.
Police reports state that freshman Elizabeth Makrides, a resident of the suite, found the animal in the shower at about 12:45 a.m. Monday. Makrides said she informed her suitemates of the matter and immediately called the police.
"I stepped into the shower a little before 1 a.m. Monday morning, and I saw a dead, skinned animal lying on the floor," Makrides said. "I was shocked."
Freshman Pamela Lambeth, another resident of the suite, said she noticed some suspicious conditions in the bathroom more than an hour prior to the discovery of the animal.
"(Sunday) night at about 11 p.m., I found that the bathroom door was locked, and I thought that was strange because we don't usually lock the door," Lambeth said. "A couple of minutes later, I went in to the bathroom and saw a bag with blood on it in the trash, but I just assumed someone had cut themselves."
Lt. Archie Daniel, who investigated the scene with Lt. H. L. Bryant, said he is not sure of the motive for the incident.
"We haven't seen anything exactly like this at UNC before," Daniel said. "Since it is so unusual, we plan on touching all bases during our investigation."
Daniel said that the animal carcass was collected, refrigerated at the Department of Public Safety and examined by a veterinary team to determine what kind of animal it was. "The vet believes it was a fox and that it was potentially killed in the road and skinned for its pelt," Daniel said. "It is fox-trapping season, but we don't think it was trapped."