Body found in river thought to be missing UNH student

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, at 7:13 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Although local police officials declined to comment on the body recovered from the Piscataqua River Sunday morning, officials at the University of New Hampshire have confirmed a preliminary review suggests it was Jonathan Zygmont, the freshman who has been missing since Sept. 17.

Zygmont, 19, was last seen at Prescott Park at 8:30 p.m. on that date.

The body discovered in the chilly river waters fits Zygmont’s description. The body was wearing the same clothes and North Face backpack Zygmont was reportedly wearing the night he went missing, university officials said.

Zygmont lived on campus. No mention was made of notes of intention left in his dorm room.

Foul play was never suspected but police were concerned for Zygmont’s well-being.

Portsmouth and UNH police continue to work cooperatively in this investigation, university officials said.

“We were greatly saddened to learn that police had recovered what is believed to be the body of our missing student,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this very difficult time, and will continue to offer our support to the campus community and Jon’s loved ones.”

The UNH Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 24-hour help is available by calling 862-2090.

Anyone with information about Zygmont can contact the Portsmouth Police Department at 427-1500.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

 

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