American student found dead in Rome

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An American university student who went missing in Rome has been found dead.

The case is being treated as a criminal investigation following the discovery of his body on Monday, his brother said.

University of Wisconsin-Madison student, 19-year-old Beau Solomon, had just arrived in Italy on Thursday for summer study abroad at John Cabot University.

His roommate reported him missing on Friday after he failed to show up for orientation, according to a statement from the Italian University. The roommate said he lost contact with Solomon about 1 a.m. at a bar and had not seen him since.
The police were alerted and a search was started.

“John Cabot University is deeply saddened to announce that the body of Beau Solomon, the missing American visiting student, has been found in the Tiber River. We express our most heartfelt condolences to the Solomon family and to all those who loved Beau,” the school said in a statement.

His brother, Jake Solomon, confirmed the news.

Solomon was from Spring Green, Wisconsin. He just completed his first year of study as a personal finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Human Ecology, the university said in a statement. He previously studied at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Richland.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank said his death is being treated as a criminal investigation.

“All of us at University of Wisconsin-Madison are greatly saddened by this loss. Beau was a bright and caring young man who lived the Wisconsin Idea through his work at Badger Boys State and his desire to travel and experience other cultures,” Blank said in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to Beau’s family and friends at this difficult time. University of Wisconsin-Madison is working with John Cabot University and with American and Italian authorities to assist Beau’s family and to support the investigation into his death.”

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