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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.