Body confirmed as missing ASU student

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 4:51 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police said the body located in the Salt River north of Tempe Marketplace on Sunday has been identified as missing Arizona State University student Jack Culolias.

The body was found in the water 30 feet off the shore.

Police said the clothing on the body led them to believe that it was Culolias.

Culolias' mother found one of his shoes near Tempe Town Lake a few days after he disappeared, but investigators eventually stopped searching the area when neither Culolias nor additional clues were found.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office positively confirmed the identity of the body and police released the results on Wednesday.

Culolias, 19, was last seen attending a fraternity event at Cadillac Ranch at the Tempe Marketplace on Nov 30. He was reportedly kicked out of the bar for being drunk and was last seen leaving the venue.

One of the biggest questions police will now try to answer is how Culolias made it from the bar to where his body was found. The distance is more than 300 yards and requires climbing a fence and traversing a steep embankment into the river bed.  

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