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Body Found of US Student Who Went Missing Hours After Arriving in Rome

Family says 'thousands of dollars' charged to credit card of Wisconsin sophomore
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 4, 2016 7:07 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2016 11:57 AM CDT
US Student Arrives in Rome, Goes Missing Hours Later
The Rome skyline with St. Peter's Basilica in the background, as the sun sets behind the Tiber River after a storm, Sept. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – The body of a teenage Wisconsin student who went missing shortly after he arrived for an exchange program was found in the River Tiber Monday, the AP reports. John Cabot University confirmed that the body was that of 19-year-old Beau Solomon, who was last seen by his friends in the early hours of Friday morning when he left a pub. He had just arrived in Rome Thursday, NBC News reports. "We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau," said a statement from the Rome-based English-language university. Solomon had just completed his first year as a personal finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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An earlier statement from the university said it was "alerted by his roommate, who reported that he had lost contact with Beau around 1am ... and was worried when he did not see Beau at orientation" Friday morning. Solomon's family said "thousands of dollars" were charged on his credit cards after he disappeared. Without citing sources or names, the Italian news agency ANSA said two people claimed to have seen a man throw a person into the Tiber the night Solomon disappeared, and Reuters reports police are not ruling out the possibility of homicide. An older brother, Jake Solomon, described his brother as an athlete who successfully battled cancer for years as a child. His parents, Nick and Jodi Solomon, were in Rome Monday. (Read more Beau Solomon stories.)

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