Missing Minnesota student found dead over Christmas
A 20-year-old student missing from Minnesota has been found dead after leaving a bar on Christmas Eve without a jacket despite sub-zero temperatures.
George Musser’s body was discovered around 7 p.m. on Christmas Day in Baytown Township, according to local police.
“There is no further information at this time as this matter is still under investigation,” Baytown cops said Sunday.
Emily Dalbec, Musser’s cousin, confirmed the tragic news in a Facebook post, writing, « Heartbroken to share that the police have found his body. »
Musser, a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, was last seen alive at Brian’s Bar in Stillwater, east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, just after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Ally McKay told CBS Minneapolis that she spoke to Musser around 1:30 a.m.
« He came to the booth where I was sitting with my friends and he was talking to us, » she recalled. « And he told us he had to go to the bathroom and then he never came back. »
Police said Musser’s keys and wallet were found near the bar and his car was left parked outside. Despite temperatures dropping to minus 2 degrees that morning, the 20-year-old emerged from the pub wearing only jeans, a flannel shirt and a stocking cap.
Friends and family launched a massive search for Musser, which continued on Sunday and involved more than 100 volunteers who spent hours searching for the missing man in the freezing cold.
Following Sunday’s grim discovery, Heidi Kram, Musser’s other cousin, wrote in a GoFundMe campaign description that “this was not the outcome we were praying for. We know that George has entered heaven and that God and his whole family in heaven will take care of him until we can see him again.
A candlelight vigil in Musser’s honor is scheduled for Monday evening in Stillwater.