Body of missing St. Thomas student found in Mississippi River


The search for University of St. Thomas freshman Dan Zamlen ended Friday after his body was discovered downstream in the Mississippi River Friday morning.

Zamlen went missing on April 5 after a night of drinking. He left the party upset and called a friend during his walk home. In the last moments of the conversation, Zamlen cried out for help before the phone went dead.

Large volunteer search teams had been scouring the river bluffs near the site of his phone call, but there had been no signs of his disappearance until now.

His body was found around 11:45 a.m. by a Ford Motor Co. worker who was down by the water checking for debris at the plant's water intake filters, according to the Pioneer Press.

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Zamlen was initially identified by ID cards found in a wallet on the body, according to sources who were informed of the discovery by police.

St. Paul police did not release further details, including whether there were signs of foul play. The Ramsey County medical examiner was performing an autopsy Friday evening.

Zamlen's family, who had reached out to the media and the public throughout the ordeal, said through school officials that they wished to be left alone to grieve.