The Alma and Harbor Beach communities are mourning the death of a missing Alma College student whose body was discovered Tuesday after hundreds of friends and family joined search efforts.
It was not the news Sean Thomas Murawske's family nor the hundreds of volunteers from Alma and Murawske's hometown of Harbor Beach were hoping to hear when they went out in search teams Tuesday morning.
Alma Police say a group out of Harbor Beach found Murawske's body shortly before 12:30 p.m. Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time. They were on scene Tuesday afternoon piecing evidence together.
18-year-old Murawske went missing after an on-campus party Saturday night and was last seen early Sunday morning walking on West Superior near Luce Road.
Lt. Matt Schooley from the Alma Police Department said he appreciates the outpouring of support.??Pretty interesting to see two small communities like Alma and Harbor beach, to see how many people came out here today,?? he said. ??People were really concerned for Sean and trying to find him. And get some closure for him,?? he added.
Jeff Abernathy, the president of Alma College released the following statement:
??We are deeply saddened by Sean's passing and extend our condolences to his mother, father, brothers and extended family. The thoughts and prayers of the entire alma college community go out to the family."
Alma police are extending their thanks to the Michigan State Police and agencies across Gratiot County for their help in Tuesday's search.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Alma Police at 989-463-8317.
Harbor Beach Community Schools canceled all evening activities Tuesday. Schools will be closed and activities will be canceled Wednesday as well. Superintendent Lawrence Kroswek said this will give students and teachers time to deal with news of Murawske's death.
Sean Murawske graduated from Harbor Beach High School in June 2013. He was an athlete and honors student.