Student Who Vanished on Bermuda Trip Found Dead

Foul play has not been ruled out
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2018 2:42 AM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2018 5:41 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the Bermuda Police Service shows American college student Mark Dombroski.   (Courtesy of Bermuda Police Service via AP)
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(Newser) – The search for missing American student Mark Dombroski came to a tragic end Monday when police and soldiers in Bermuda found the 19-year-old's body. Police say the body of Dombroski, a student at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia who was in Bermuda for a rugby tournament, was found in a moat near a colonial-era fort around a mile from the bar where he was last seen early Sunday, NBC News reports. Friends saw Dombroski leave the bar and restaurant just after midnight. He was captured on surveillance footage around an hour later, walking by himself and talking on his phone. Police have not disclosed a cause of death but they say foul play has not been ruled out.

Police say they do not believe alcohol was a factor in his death. Mother Lisa Dombroski, who made an emotional plea for her son's safe return earlier Monday, said Mark had hurt his shoulder and wasn't feeling well, the AP reports. "He wasn't in a celebratory kind of mood," she said. "He wanted to get back." Acting Commissioner James Howards said an autopsy is planned and forensic experts are still processing the scene. Dombroski's body was found after a massive search effort involving many local volunteers, including every rugby club on the island, reports the Royal Gazette. (Read more Bermuda stories.)

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