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American student missing in Rome found dead in river

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Solomon's family was in Italy and John Cabot University was in contact with Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and his U.S. college, its President Franco Pavoncello told The Associated Press. Without citing sources or names, the Italian news agency ...



ROME - The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the Tiber River on Monday.Both police and John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last seen by his friends in the early hours of Friday morning."We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau," said a statement from the Rome-based English-language university.Family said police have not ruled out homicide as a possible cause of death, although an autopsy has yet to be performedPolice confirmed to CBS News Monday that his body had been found in the Tiber river, near the Marconi bridge, about one mile south of the area where Solomon was last seen.The body of a young man believed to be Beau Solomon, right, lies on the banks of the Tiber river in Rome, Monday, July 4, 2016.
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Solomon had just completed his first year as a personal finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.In a statement Monday, the university said: "Based on the investigation thus far, there is no indication of a broader risk to studentsor others in Rome or elsewhere."An earlier statement from the university said it was "alerted by his roommate, who reported that he had lost contact with Beau around 1 a.m. ... and was worried when he did not see Beau at orientation" Friday morning.Solomon's family said his credit cards were used after he disappeared.Solomon's family was in Italy and John Cabot University was in contact with Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and his U.S. college, its President Franco Pavoncello told The Associated Press.Without citing sources or names, the Italian news agency ANSA said two people claimed to have seen a man throw a person into the Tiber the night Solomon disappeared.American college student Beau Solomon
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An older brother, Jake Solomon, said Italian authorities are investigating the incident as a homicide.He described his brother as an athlete who successfully battled cancer for years as a child. He said his parents, Nick and Jodi Solomon, had traveled to Rome.Jake Solomon told CBS affiliate WISC-TV that Beau is "a social butterfly. He's loved by everyone, and he's the glue that keeps our family together."Dramatic developments involving U.S. students, often shortly after arriving in Italy for a semester or year of study, are not infrequent. They are often surprised to learn that wine and other alcohol can be easily purchased in supermarkets and drinking often begins in early evening and lasts well past midnight.In 2012, a U.S. student was allegedly stabbed by his roommate, a fellow student at John Cabot University, after what police said was a night of alcohol and possible drug use and Halloween partying. The stabbed student survived.Also in recent years, a young American man, recently arrived in Rome for studies, apparently fell off a low wall, where many people sit at nighttime, and landed several yards below on the cement banks of the Tiber River near the Trastevere neighborhood.Trastevere and the Camp de' Fiori Piazza areas are filled with pubs, bars and cafes, many of them frequented by U.S. students who do "pub crawls."In another case, another young American male student, who had been reported missing after leaving a bar, was found dead near train tracks in a tunnel, apparently hit by a train in the early morning hours.

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