DURHAM – Vincenzo Lirosi, a University of New Hampshire student who went missing early Saturday morning, was found dead Sunday, police said.
Lirosi, who was 22, was located by a New England K-9 search and rescue team in a swampy area off Coe Drive in Durham at around 1:20 p.m.
The cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy by the state’s medical examiner, Durham Police said. Lirosi’s family members have been notified.
“While this is not the outcome we all hoped for, we are grateful that we were able to track down Vincenzo and end his family,” said Durham Police Chief Rene Kelley. He said there was no danger to the public and the cause of death was not considered suspicious.
“We were very saddened to learn that the search for Vicenzo did not end as we had hoped,” UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Vincenzo’s family and friends. It is a very sad day for our community, and at this time we are focused on the support and resources needed by all who knew him or who knew him. are affected by his death.
Durham Police thanked the following agencies, which assisted in the search: New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Fish and Game, University of New Hampshire Police Department, Strafford County Sheriff’s Department, New Hampshire State Liquor Enforcement – Law Enforcement Division and New England K- 9 Search and Rescue.
Lirosi, who lived at 9 Woodman Road in Durham, was reported missing at 3 a.m. on Saturday. He was last seen around 1:30 a.m. after a night out drinking with friends on Friday, police said. He was from Whitman, Massachusetts.
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Police said Lirosi did not have a phone or ID with him. He was believed to have taken a path through a wooded area near Woodman Road, as a shortcut to his residence early on Saturday, police said after his disappearance.
UNH pointed out the resources available: Psychology and counseling services, providing 24/7 assistance to students dealing with mental health issues, can be contacted at (603) 862-2090 . The UNH Employee Assistance Program is available at unh.edu/hr/employee-assistance-program.
“We will share additional information as it becomes available. Sudden death carries a range of feelings, especially shock and disbelief. Please take care of yourself and ask for help if you have it. need, ”UNH said.
This article originally appeared in the Fosters Daily Democrat: Missing UNH student Vincenzo Lirosi found dead in Durham