Body Found in Pond of St. Paul Student
The body of a missing St. Paul man was pulled from a small pond this morning on the campus of Ithaca College in New York, reported the Star Tribune.
Friends and authorities had been searching for William Jacobson, 19, a 2007 graduate of St. Paul Central High School, and a freshman at the college, since Monday. He was last seen leaving a party about 3 or 4 a.m. Sunday, Dave Maley, an Ithaca College spokesman, said.
"According to a news release issued this morning by Ithaca police, a submerged body was recovered about 8:30 a.m. CST from a pond on Farm Road, and then taken to the Cayuga Medical Center morgue for an autopsy," reported the Star Tribune.
Jacobson's friends contacted police on Monday after they searched for him that day. Rescue workers searched briefly Monday evening, and then conducted aerial and ground searches of the hillsides around the college Tuesday, Maley said.
"Ithaca is on a hillside, bounded by steep gorges on either side,'' Maley said then. "We're looking to see if he got lost on his way back [to his dorm] or whether he could have fallen on a hillside. There's a lot of heavy brush.''
The party's host reportedly directed Jacobson to a walking trail on the edge of campus, Maley said.
Jacobson was dressed as William Shakespeare for the themed party and was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved dress shirt, navy-blue vest, black dress pants and black dress shoes, according to the Star Tribune.
"He was committed to academics and got good grades," Alexander said. "But he was all about having fun. ... He always got along with people and was good at finding what makes a person interesting. He knew how to get the best out of people and have fun,'' Tynan Alexander of St. Paul, who has been one of Jacobson's best friends since they were in elementary school, said.
Friends in the Twin Cities and at Ithaca were keeping one another updated through Facebook.
There were feelings of concern and worry on the campus, Maley said Tuesday.
"There's no reason to suspect foul play," Maley said.