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US college student goes missing a day after arriving in Rome

November 30,-0001 00:00

Italian authorities on Monday were investigating the disappearance of a Wisconsin student in Rome a day after he arrived in the Italian capital. John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello told the Associated Press on Monday that the family of ...



Italian authorities on Monday were investigating the disappearance of a Wisconsin student in Rome a day after he arrived in the Italian capital.John Cabot University President Franco Pavoncello told the Associated Press on Monday that the family of 19-year-old Beau Solomon has arrived in Italy. He says the U.S. institution is in contact with Italian authorities, the U.S. Embassy and the student's home school, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At about midday Monday, police reported the discovery of the body of a young male in the Tiber river in Rome but emphasized that no identification of the corpse had been made and that it was impossible to say if the development might be part of the case of the missing student.Several police officers, including from the forensics squad, were at the riverside, with the news media being kept from approaching the point where the body was discovered.

A Cabot University statement said the school was "alerted by his roommate who reported that he had lost contact with Beau around 1 a.m. on Thursday night while together at a pub in Rome and was worried when he did not see Beau at orientation" Friday morning.
Solomon is from Spring Green, Wis., and UW-Madison said he had just completed his first year as a personal finance major. His family says his credit cards have been used since he disappeared.An older brother, Jake Solomon, described his brother as an athlete who successfully battled cancer for years as a child. He says his parents, Nick and Jodi Solomon, won't return from Rome until Beau is found.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 meters 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, a 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.ALSONigel Farage, head of the UK Independence Party, resigns after Brexit victory9-year-old Compton girl loses left hand in illegal fireworks explosion, police sayTenacious, mysterious and maybe endangered — a wolverine roams the WestUPDATES:9:11 a.m.: Updated with additional detailsThis article was originally posted at 6:31 a.m. 

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