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Missing St. Thomas Student Found in River

The University of St. Thomas freshman missing for nearly four weeks was found dead Friday near the Ford Motor Co. plant, the Star Tribune reported.

The body was identified as Dan Zamlen who disappeared April 5 and would have turned 19 on April 9. St. Thomas spokesman Doug Hennes said people kept hope since he disappeared, but feared the worst as time went on.

"So today does bring some closure," he said.

Zamlen's parents, Dale and Sally Zamlen, of Eveleth, Minn., have been living in the St. Thomas faculty residence since their only son vanished.

St. Paul Police spokesman Pete Panos said he believes Zamlen fell down the bluff and into the river, although an official cause of death is not expected from the medical examiner's office for four or five days.

Panos said Ford workers found the body while cleaning grates that catch debris in the river near the power plant.

Television station KSTP TV said St. Paul police have not said whether there were signs of foul play.

An estimated 1,200 students repeatedly scoured several square miles of Mississippi River bluffs looking for him.

"You hate this to be the end," Panos said. "But if this was always going to be the end, then this actually probably is a good thing. At least the family can go ahead and get through their grieving process and it gives them some closure so they can deal with something more solid than always wondering what happened or where he was." (Star Tribune)

Britta Bloomquist, a high school friend who helped organize Iron Rangers' search efforts, was coming to St. Paul Friday for another weekend of searching. Instead, she attended the prayer service for Zamlen wearing a blue T-shirt that said: Bring Dan Home.

"I'm glad they found him, but I want to know what happened," she said. "Keep praying so we can find an answer." (Star Tribune)