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Body of missing University of Minnesota student found in Mississippi River


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Local authorities announced on Friday, twelve days after the disappearance of Austin Retterath, honorary student at the University of Minnesota, that his body had been found in the Mississippi River.

The University of Minnesota Police Department announced on its Facebook page on Friday that, alongside the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, they are canceling their missing person alert for 19-year-old Retterath. It comes after the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a man found who died in the Mississippi River two days earlier on Wednesday as the same missing engineering student.

The investigation concluded that there was no indication of foul play, according to the agencies.

Retterath, described as about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds and having blond hair, was last seen alive May 8 in the East River Road and Franklin Avenue area of ​​Minneapolis.

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Austin Retterath, a student at the University of Minnesota, disappeared on May 8.
(Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension)

His cause of death was not immediately known.

FOX 9 Minneapolis previously reported that the teenager was enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering. He would have made the dean’s list in the fall of 2021.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that his Instagram account lists him as a member of the university’s Class of 2025.

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