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Search for missing UI student ends

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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Officials in India have called off the search for a University of Iowa student who fell from a trail while hiking near the Gori Ganga River nearly two weeks ago.

UI junior Thomas Plotkin, a 20-year-old from Minnetonka, Minn., was studying abroad near Munsiyari, India with the National Outdoor Leadership School when he reportedly lost his footing while on a 10-kilometer hike with a group of students.

Officials presumed him dead soon after the accident.

According to a Thursday release from the school, authorities have asked people in nearby villages to "remain vigilant and notify them if they see any signs of [Plotkin's] body."

— by Sam Lane


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