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Body found in Rochester pond identified as missing college student

Body found in Rochester pond identified as missing college student

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - The body found in a small fishing pond in northeast Rochester Sunday night has been tentatively identified as missing college student William "Harry" Hempy.

The Olmsted County Dive Team pulled the body from a shallow fishing pond in the 4600 block of East River Road NE just before 7 p.m. Hempy, 21, had been missing since March 25.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office tentatively identified the man as Hempy on Monday. The results of the autopsy are still pending but foul play is not suspected.

It's not immediately clear how Hempy's body wound up in the pond or how long it had been in the water. Sheriff Kevin Torgerson could only say that it had been there "quite a while." 

Hempy was staying at his family's Rochester home while on break from college just before going missing. He did not have access to a car and his bank accounts were never accessed. 

The Rochester Police Department said earlier this month that investigators were looking into whether religion played a role in his disappearance. Friends and family told police he had recently "rediscovered his faith."

Hempy was scheduled to graduate from the University of Illinois this spring.


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