Student missing in Rome found dead

- Josh Hafner USA TODAY

An American student who disappeare­d in Rome late last week was found dead in the Tiber River, a university confirmed Monday.

Beau Solomon, 19, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student, went missing a day after arriving to study at Rome’s John Cabot University, the small liberal arts school said. Monday, the school confirmed that the body of a young man police found earlier that day was Solomon’s.

Initial reports described the body with a head wound and a bloodied shirt, according to Reuters, and police have not ruled out homicide. Amid the weekend’s search efforts for Solomon, the student’s family discovered thousands of charges to his credit card, according to a Madison TV station.

John Cabot University said Solomon’s roommate lost contact with him around 1 a.m. Friday while they were out at one of the city ’s bars.

The roommate, worried when Solomon didn’t show up for an orientatio­n the next morning, alerted John Cabot University, which alerted Italian authoritie­s, the U.S. Em- bassy and the University of Wisconsin.

Madison’s WMTV interviewe­d Solomon’s brother, Jake, who said the family “realized that thousands of dollars had been charged on his card” after learning of Beau’s disappeara­nce.

The cards were used in Milan, the station reported.

“We’re just really worried about his safety ” Jake Solomon said. His voice cracking, Jake described his younger brother as an aspiring politician and “an amazing kid.”

Beau Solomon was the third oldest of four brothers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Solomon’s family was in Italy on Monday, John Cabot University told the Associated Press.

 ?? ANDREW MEDICHINI, AP ?? Forensic police scan the banks of the Tiber River Monday.
ANDREW MEDICHINI, AP Forensic police scan the banks of the Tiber River Monday.

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