Monday 22 January 2018

Missing American student found dead in Rome in possible homicide

Beau Solomon’s family flew to Italy to help the search efforts. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)
Beau Solomon’s family flew to Italy to help the search efforts. (Facebook/Beau Solomon)

Philip Pullella

The body of an American university student who went missing in Rome three days ago was found in the Tiber River on Monday, and police said they were not ruling out homicide.

Beau Solomon, 19, from Wisconsin, was due to start a study abroad programme at John Cabot University, whose campus is in the central Trastevere district, which is near the river and popular with young people.

The university confirmed Solomon's death in a statement on its website.

“John Cabot University is deeply saddened to announce that the body of Beau Solomon, the missing American visiting student, has been found in the Tiber River,” the university said in a statement on its website on Monday afternoon.

“We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau.”

It said earlier he had not been seen since about 1 a.m on Friday morning, when he had left a pub in the Italian capital, just hours after arriving in Rome.

Early reports said Solomon had suffered a head wound and his shirt was bloodied. Italian media reports quoted his family as saying his credit card had been used since he disappeared.

Police said his body was taken to a morgue where an autopsy would be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Beau Solomon had survived a rare form of cancer as a child.

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