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Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Missing student Jacob Lavoie identified as body found at Minnesota Slip in Canal Park

While the Duluth Police Department is not confirming that the body found at the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park is missing college student Jacob Lavoie, it appears to be the case as new reports surface. St. Louis County Sheriff’s office is quoted as confirming the identification, as noted by CBS.

Lavoie, 21, was last been seen at Grandma’s Sports Garden early Sunday morning.

Both the Duluth Police Department and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office told WDIO News that the body has not been positively identified as Lavoie.

Jacob’s family said in a statement that they are devastated by the loss.

“We are devastated by the loss of Jacob. He was our son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to law enforcement, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the entire Duluth community, the Inver Grove Heights community, as well as everyone far and wide for your caring and concern in helping us locate Jacob. Now that Jacob has been found, we ask for your prayers, and also ask that you respect our privacy during our time of great loss. Thank you.”

Jacob Lavoie

UMD Chancellor Lendley Black released a statement saying that as much as they try to be prepared for something like this, it’s extremely difficult.

“UMD is such a tight community and we’re concerned for Jacob’s family, his friends on campus, and the faculty and staff that knew him. One of the qualities that defines UMD is the strong contentedness that exists among our community. As much as we may mourn individually for Jacob, our strength is in pulling together and leaning on each other to move forward,” Black wrote.

Black said the university will reach out to students to share resources for those who are grieving in the coming days.

Below is Black’s statement Friday:

UMD Chancellor Lynn Black also released a statement Friday:

This is an incredibly sad time. As much as we try to be prepared for something like this, it’s extremely difficult. UMD is such a tight community and we’re concerned for Jacob’s family, his friends on campus, and the faculty and staff that knew him. One of the qualities that defines UMD is the strong contentedness that exists among our community. As much as we may mourn individually for Jacob, our strength is in pulling together and leaning on each other to move forward. In the coming days, we’ll reach out to our students and share resources for those who are grieving this great loss.

We acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our community law enforcement agencies who worked on this search– the Duluth Police Department, the UMD Police Department, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. We are also so grateful to the community for their sincere support.

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