Teen Left His Friends at a Bar. Then, a 'Significant Drop'

'Mystery' surrounds the death of American Mark Dombroski in Bermuda
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2018 7:20 AM CDT
This undated photo released by the Bermuda Police Service shows American college student Mark Dombroski, who was found dead in Bermuda.   (Courtesy of Bermuda Police Service via AP)

(Newser) – First he was declared missing, then found dead. But the story behind what happened to US college student Mark Dombroski in Bermuda is far from over, as "mystery" still abounds, the Royal Gazette reports. Police there say the 19-year-old's body was found in a dry moat at the bottom of a "significant drop," but some discrepancies have since popped up between what's been circulating online and what really happened: Dombroksi's body wasn't tied up, as had been reported in some circles, and he still had his wallet and cellphone with him, throwing a possible wrench in the theory someone else may have been involved. The "double-edged sword" of social media "certainly assisted us in the early stage of this investigation, but what can happen is that untruths are spread," Superintendent Sean Field-Lament says, adding that the FBI is assisting in the case.

What is known about the final hours of Dombroski, on the island for a rugby tourney with the St. Joseph's University team: He was seen by friends at a local bar around midnight Saturday, then spotted on CCTV on two streets nearby about an hour later, checking his phone. His body was found around 4pm Monday, not far from his CCTV location. "Foul play is not ruled out right now," a Bermuda Police Service official said at a Monday press conference, per USA Today, with Field-Lament adding police are keeping an "open mind." A local detective tells the AP there's no evidence Dombroski had overimbibed at the bar or that alcohol played a role in his death. Meanwhile, his mom says he'd had a hurt arm and had left the bar early because of it. "He wasn't in a celebratory kind of mood," she says. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday, per ABC News. (Read more Bermuda stories.)

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