Discovery of remains ends search for missing student
April 18, 2011
by Paul Stella
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3:30 P.M. APRIL 18 UPDATE:
A gathering for George Delany will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the RIT Schmitt Interfaith Center.
The search for a missing RIT student has ended, according to the New York State Police. A body discovered late Sunday in a wooded area of Steuben County is believed to be the remains of George Delany.
During a news conference held this morning, State Police investigators said the body is likely Delany’s, citing personal effects found close by. Foul play is not suspected, according to media reports. The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy in order to make a positive identification.
Delany, a third-year political science major from Frederick, Md., had been missing since March 12. RIT Public Safety worked in cooperation with multiple law enforcement agencies on the case over the past month, and members of Students Finding George Delany were instrumental in helping to spread information about his disappearance.
“Members of the campus community have remained firmly engaged in the search for George ever since, and our appreciation goes to those who have worked so hard in the hopes of his safe return,” says Mary-Beth Cooper, senior vice president for student affairs. “I am proud of the way the community came together to support each other during this difficult time.”
The Counseling Center is open to anyone on campus having difficulty coping with loss. Counselors are available in the August Center, second floor, or by calling 585-475-2261.