Adam Wright '17 found dead at 21 on Tuesday

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 1/30/17 6:25pm

UPDATED: January 31, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.

Adam Wright '17 was found dead this morning, College President Phil Hanlon wrote in a campus-wide email. The cause of death is currently undetermined, though a preliminary investigation revealed no foul play is involved, according to a Hanover Police Department press release. Wright had been missing from campus since shortly after midnight the morning of Monday, Jan. 30. He was 21.

Wright's body was found in the Connecticut River near the shore at approximately 9:57 a.m. this morning, according to the press release. 

At 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Hanover Police Department received a call that a College employee had found a backpack along the river bank, about 500 yards north of the Ledyard Bridge. Hanover Police, the Hanover Fire Department and New Hampshire Fish and Game responded. An autopsy will be conducted later this week in Concord, New Hampshire, and the investigation into Wright's death is ongoing.

Wright, a government major, was the president of the International Business Council, a brother of Beta Alpha Omega fraternity and a member of the Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering group.

In a campus-wide email sent Monday evening, the College announced that Wright was missing from campus and asked those with information to contact the Hanover Police Department.

In Hanlon's Tuesday email, he wrote that community members can come to One Wheelock in the Collis Center today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where counselors will be available. Students, faculty and staff can also speak to counselors through the Office of Counseling and Human Development, the College chaplain's office, the dean on call and the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program, he wrote. Safety and Security can help community members find assistance 24/7 and can be reached at (603) 646-4000.

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This story will be updated as more information becomes available.