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Niagara Falls, NY -- Authorities say searches have failed to find the body of a college student from North Carolina who is presumed to have drowned when he jumped into the Niagara River and was swept over Niagara Falls.
New York State Park Police told WFMY News 2 that three witnesses said they watched the man hop a fence and walk onto the river ice before being swept over the brink of Horse Shoe Falls around 6 pm Saturday.
Officers say the man left behind some personal items, including his driver's license.
Park police don't typically release the identity of suicide victims, but authorities confirmed the man was a 21-year-old student at Houghton College in Allegany County, 65 miles southeast of the Falls.
A Houghton College spokesperson told WFMY News 2 the student's name is Gregory Young, a junior from High Point, North Carolina.
"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely loss to our community," said Houghton College president, Shirley Mullen in a news release on the school's website. "Greg Young was an accomplished young scholar with a promising future in theological study. Our prayers are with his family and his many friends and colleagues in these difficult days."
Source: WFMY News 2/AP