Douglas Co. Body Identified As Missing KU Student

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 2, 2012

Authorities in Douglas County say a body found in a wooded area south of the Wakarusa River is that a former University of Kansas student.

The Lawrence Journal World reports that 23-year-old Yelekal Alemu was reported missing May 12th after he missed a family gathering. His body was positively identified Friday, one day after it was discovered by a police officer in the same area where his car had turned up.

Sheriff's Sergeant Doug Lewis says there's no indication of foul play. The cause of death has not been released.

Alemu had been enrolled at the university last fall and recently worked as a restaurant cook.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A body was discovered earlier this afternoon in a rural wooded area south of the Wakarusa River and near County Road 1057.

Detectives from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department are actively working the scene of the discovery.

Stg. Steve Lewis with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says preliminary investigation indicates it was an unattended death and no foul play is suspected at this time. The deceased individual’s identity has not yet been officially determined.

No further information is available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.

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