Missing student's body found in Hudson River

ALBANY The body of Joshua Szostak, a former State University of New York at Plattsburgh student, was recovered from the Hudson River in Albany April 22. Szostak had been missing since Dec. 23. In a statement from the university, SUNY Plattsburgh President John C. Ettling stated he was saddened by the news of what police are calling an accidental drowning. We mourn as a community at the tragic loss of one of our students and hope that Joshs family will now be able to find some closure on what has surely been a very difficult time, Ettling stated in an e-mail to the SUNY Plattsburgh community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joshs family and friends today. When Szostak went missing in December, classmates and friends actively helped raise awareness about his disappearance. According to his family, Szostak had planned on returning to SUNY Plattsburgh for the spring semester. Friends blanketed the campus and the North Country with informational posters following Szostaks disappearance and worked with the media. Local events were held to raise awareness and funds to help cover the costs of the search. I am proud of how our students responded to this situation; their actions speak to the warmth and generosity of individuals who attend our college, said Ettling. They also serve as a tribute to Joshs memory. The university has counselors on hand at its health center, should staff, faculty or students need help. Bryan Hartman, director of residence life, said, in the wake of the news, the college has mobilized its residence assistants to check-in with students. If students would like to speak with a counselor, our residence assistants will help them contact one of the colleges counselors, said Hartman.

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