Teen's body found after going missing while drinking with friends

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A university student in the US was tragically found dead on Sunday after being reported missing just hours before.

Vincenzo Lirosi, 22, was last seen at 1am on Saturday (local time) after a night of drinking with friends, according to a statement from the Durham Police Department.

He was reported missing at 3am and his body was found at 1.20pm the following day. It's believed Mr Lirosi had taken a shortcut through the woods to get home after leaving the party.

According to police, he didn't have a phone or ID with him when he was found.

A photo taken of a snapchat screen of Vincenzo Lirosi, showing him in a grey hoodie with medium length brown hair and mouth open like he's in mid sentence.
Vincenzo Lirosi was found dead on Sunday morning after being reported missing hours before. Source: Facebook

"Vincenzo Lirosi was located deceased by a New England Search and Rescue K-9 team in a marshy area off of Coe Drive in Durham," the statement read.

"Cause and manner of death will be determined after an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner. Lirosi family members have been notified."

"Though this is not the outcome we had all hoped for, we are grateful that we were able to find Vincenzo and bring some closure to his family," Durham police Chief Rene Kelley said in a statement.

Separated at a party

A friend and former roommate of Mr Lirosi, Jordan Blanchard, told local news station WMUR that he was with him for part of the night at a bar, but they separated when Mr Lirosi left the bar to go to a fraternity party.

Mr Blanchard said he allegedly got into a fight at the party, which was unlike him.

"It's pretty uncharacteristic of him," Mr Blanchard said. "They kicked him out and told him to go home. That's when he went into the woods."

Mr Lirosi's wallet was found in a car park and his mobile phone was found at the fraternity house.

The University of New Hampshire said in a statement the student's death is not believed to be suspicious.

"It is with very heavy hearts that we write to share that the search for Vincenzo Lirosi did not end as we had hoped," a post to Facebook read.

"The university student was found in the wooded area off Coe Drive this afternoon. State and local authorities continue to investigate the cause of death but at this time it is not believed to be suspicious."

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