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Posted at 10:45 p.m. on 9/27/12 At a press conference at 10 p.m. on Sept. 27, Alan Cubbage of Northwestern University said that the body found in Wilmette Harbor earlier that even “appears to be that of missing Northwestern student Harsha Maddula.” Mr. Maddula, a sophomore, disappeared on Sept. 22 after attending an off-campus party. Divers from several area fire departments spent several hours on Sept. 26 in the waters of Wilmette Harbor but did not continue the search on Sept. 27.
Volunteers under the supervision of Northwestern University police scoured portions of Evanston today, Sept. 27, and students held a vigil at the University’s arch this evening.
ABC’s 10 p.m. news reported that a fisherman who did not wish to be identified notified Wilmette police that he found a body floating next to a boat in Wilmette Harbor early in the evening of Sept. 27. The body, which appeared to have “been in the water for a while,” was taken to the Coast Guard station in the harbor, according to ABC News. Mr. Cubbage said Mr. Maddula’s wallet, his Northwestern ID card and his cell phone were found with the body. Wilmette Police reportedly said they found no signs of foul play.
Mr. Cubbage read a message from Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, who was out of town, extending his “deepest sympathy” to Mr. Maddula’s family and friends. He added, “The loss of one member of the Northwestern University community affects us all. … [We start] the semester with a heavy heart.”