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Body found in Lake Murray

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This picture features one of the tools to be used in the search of Lake Murray for a SDSU student. This picture features one of the tools to be used in the search of Lake Murray for a SDSU student.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Emergency personnel searching for a suicidal 18-year-old college student whose personal effects were found discarded along the shoreline of Lake Murray discovered a body believed to be his in the depths of the reservoir late Friday afternoon.

A remote-control sonar device located the dead man under roughly 65 feet of water about 4:45 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The county Medical Examiner's Office was called in to take custody of the body.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a passer-by found the San Diego State

University undergraduate's belongings -- including his wallet, cellphone, backpack, shoes and other articles of clothing -- at the edge of the eastern San Diego municipal lake, according to police. A single set of footprints led into the water, with none found heading back out.

Authorities later found a suicide note in the teen's SDSU dormitory room.

Scuba divers and boat crews searched the water and surrounding areas for nearly 12 hours Thursday, then resumed their efforts Friday morning, said Lee Swanson of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The torpedo-shaped, propeller-driven robotic submersible that found the body had been provided by a private company, Swanson said.


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