Body Found May Be Missing ASU Student from Brea

missing-asu-studentTEMPE, Ariz. (KTLA) — Search crews in Arizona believe they have found the body of a missing Arizona State University student from Orange County.

Authorities say that a body recovered from the Salt River on Sunday could be that of ASU freshman Jack Culolias, 19, of Brea.

Two private search groups were looking for Culolias Sunday morning when one group spotted a body floating near the spot where one of his shoes was found about two weeks ago.

Police said that the deceased pulled from the water was wearing a single red shoe, leading to the “strong possibility” that the body is that of Culolias.

The county medical examiner will have to identify the body, which had apparently been in the water for an extended period, according to authorities.

Culolias was last seen on Nov. 30 after being kicked out of a Tempe bar during a party sponsored by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Campus police said his friends saw him heading to a taxi cab and never saw him again.

Culolias used a fake ID to get into Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace. It wasn’t known whether Culolias was served alcohol at the bar.

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control is reviewing credit card purchases from the bar to determine if underage drinking was taking place.

Authorities searched the river north of Tempe Marketplace using underwater cameras and radar equipment after Culolias’ disappearance but came up empty.

There were reports that Culolias had expressed concerns to his family about his initiation into the fraternity going into pledge week.

Tempe police said on Sunday that there’s nothing to suggest that the disappearance was anything bu accidental.

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9 comments

  • wendy maddy

    yet another example of why we need to ban all alcoholic products from our country, and internationally. needless deaths from drugs, alcohol and tobacco and marijuana occur every single day. nobody needs to ingest alcohol! no place of business should serve it to anyone, or sell it to anyone! no party or celebration should include anything harder than lemonade! when are we going to wise up as a country? when will all these needless deaths stop? why are we killing our kids with our own bad habits?

  • msb_560

    How much you wanna bet that Wendy is in AA? Because some people can't handle liquor,I'm a recovering alcoholic, then no one should have it. Come back from LA LA land Wendy and deal with the reallities of life

  • Tina

    I think Wendy is just trolling to stir up comments or to draw an analogy about other killing things that some say should be banned. Foolish and in poor taste, either way.

    However, for the more important thing…very, very sad news about Jack…and a lot of unanswered questions about how he ended up there. My thoughts are with his family in this time of grief for them.

  • Maria

    My prayers and thoughts go out to Jack's family. They will never see him again. A young life lost to fraternity pledging. The colleges need to control this or do away with them all together. The colleges and fraternity members need to know that they will be held responsible for any harm that comes to students during pledge week or pledging ceremonies. I am not against having fun in college but as a parent I want to know that if I send my son and daughter to college they will be safe and come home to me safe and sound.


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