UPDATE: The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has confirmed the body pulled out of the Mississippi River yesterday was Jennifer Houle. The cause of death was freshwater drowning, and both the Hennepin County Sheriff and Medical Examiner said they will continue investigating.
The search for missing 22-year-old University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle appears to be over.
Last night the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said it recovered the body of an adult female near the 10th Avenue Bridge around 7 p.m. Law enforcement is leaving it up to the Medical Examiner to officially identify the body, but Houle's father told the Star Tribune he was sure it was Jennifer.
Houle was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday morning outside of Blarney's Pub. Her purse was found a few blocks away around 3 a.m. Friday morning, and on Monday Minneapolis police said video was discovered showing Houle entering the Mississippi River from the 110-foot-tall 10th Avenue Bridge.
Police are leaving it up to the Medical Examiner to make a determination on whether it was a suicide. Houle was part of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and enrolled in the Carlson School of Management.
An emotional, tear-filled vigil with more than 1,000 people in attendance was held on the U of M campus Tuesday night.
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