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U of M Freshman Found Dead Near Stone Arch Bridge Was Orono High Graduate
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KSTP spoke with the family of the University of Minnesota student who was found dead near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis Sunday morning. They say their son, 19-year-old Jacob Anderson, grew up in Wayzata.

Anderson graduated from Orono High School last year. He played lacrosse and football for the school.

Anderson was a freshman at the U of M Twin Cities campus, and was a member of the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha.

Minneapolis Police say they received a call about an unresponsive person lying on the ground around 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Anderson's body was found just east of the Stone Arch Bridge, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pi Kappa Alpha released the following statement:

“The members of the Beta Chi chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha are deeply saddened over the loss of our brother and friend, Jake Anderson. Jake was an outstanding new member of our fraternity that provided life to our membership through a constant smile and passion for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and our brothers and sisters here at the University of Minnesota. Anyone seeking to help with arrangements should visit www.giveforward.com to make donations to assist Jake’s family.  

“Our lives will forever be touched by Jake. For any student struggling with this loss, we encourage you to reach out to our University Counseling and Consulting Services, as well as the Boynton Health Service, to speak with a counselor. For more information, visit mentalhealth.umn.edu.

 “The men of Pi Kappa Alpha appreciate the attention and thought being provided to our fallen brother. Given the significant impact on our chapter and that this is also occurring during Finals Week, we ask that our privacy be respected. This will allow our members to honor our friend and focus on finishing our semester academic work.”

Danita Brown Young, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the U of M, released the following statement:

“On behalf of the University of Minnesota, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Jacob W. Anderson. Jacob was a freshman studying in the College of Liberal Arts on our Twin Cities campus. We will be reaching out to the Anderson family to offer University support and resources. We are also working closely with Housing and Residential Life, Boynton Health Service and University Counseling & Consulting Services to provide counseling, mental health and other support to Jacob's friends and fellow students at the U. Anyone in need of someone to talk to during this very difficult time is encouraged to visit mentalhealth.umn.edu for more information or go to University Counseling and Consulting Services in 340 Appleby Hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to talk to a counselor.”

Although the cause of Anderson's death has not yet been determined, police say foul play is not suspected.

The area where his body was found is snowy, and temperatures hit -1 overnight.

Police are investigating the cause of death in conjunction with the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.


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