Police: Missing Student Entered Mississippi River

Jen Houle was spotted on video
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2015 1:36 AM CDT
Updated Mar 30, 2015 1:30 PM CDT
Minnesota Student Vanishes During Night Out
This photo of Jen Houle was posted online.   (Facebook/Pi Beta Phi UMN)

A sad development in the case of a missing University of Minnesota student last seen around 1am Friday at the Blarney Pub & Grill: CBS Minnesota reports that police last night secured video footage that apparently shows Jen Houle entering the Mississippi River via a bridge located a few blocks from the bar, which is located in the Dinkytown neighborhood. Police are apparently not looking for suspects, and the investigation has shifted to a water recovery mission. KSTP notes that officials didn't specify whether she may have jumped or fallen; it earlier reported her purse was found in the street around three blocks away from the bar and a block away from her sorority house.

Pi Beta Phi members previously issued a plea online and plastered a Minneapolis neighborhood with fliers seeking help finding Houle, a business student who had been due to graduate in May. The 22-year-old had been out with a friend, but they became separated at the off-campus bar, according to the New York Daily News. Reads a Minneapolis Police Department statement: "We extend our deepest condolences to the Houle family and all of Jennifer's many friends. The Minneapolis Police Department and the family of Jennifer Houle wish to thank the many people who provided support, assistance, and information since Jennifer's disappearance." Counseling is being offered to students at the school. (More missing person stories.)

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