Missing ASU Student Believed Found Dead In River

    December 17, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Missing ASU student Jack Culolias was last seen leaving Cadillac Ranch in Tempe, Arizona on November 30; a search for him around the area turned up a single shoe, which was later proven by DNA tests to be his. Now, a body found in the Salt River is believed to be that of Culolias, and investigators are trying to determine whether foul play was involved.

Culolias was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at ASU and had attended a party sponsored by the frat at Cadillac Ranch the night he disappeared. However, he was kicked out after it was discovered he had a fake I.D. (Culolias was 19), and the last his friends knew, he was walking away from the bar towards a taxi. Interestingly, the body was found not far from where the shoe was originally found, which is proving to be confusing for officials.

After an initial exhaustive search for the college student, his stepmother expressed concern that someone from his fraternity knew what had happened and were too scared to come forward.

“I think someone knows something and they’re just not talking,” Renae Culolias said.

For now, the coroner is working to positively identify the body, which was found with one red shoe but was not immediately recognizable because of extended exposure to the water. Investigators are now trying to determine whether Culolias was served alcohol in the bar before he was kicked out; if so, the bar owners could face criminal charges.

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  • David

    Its odd that the student died in a river. Did anyone research all of those male fraternity student deaths in the upper mid-west. Pretty much the same story, a male college student leaves the bar intoxicated and ends up having drowned. Maybe its a good idea to start with the taxi service to see who was working that night.

    • Heather Dickson

      Are those the drownings where a smiley face was found near the drowned college student? Did anyone ever solve that case?

    • http://yahoo marti

      never heard of the midwest story but yes they need to check

  • kenn

    Death is always sad because if forces the living to confront their own mortality. Problem is, most will ignore the fact that his own criminal activity has led directly to his death. People will quantify and qualify the seriousness, or lack of, to his criminal behavior. Truth is, it was illegal for him to drink. Truth is, fake I.D.’s don’t happen by accident. He was trying to break the law and it cost him his life. To his family, I would say that his death makes me sad too. As a parent, I’m glad that I can only imagine their pain.

    • john smith

      Well Kenn Im sure your kids are going to do the same sort of thing when they are that age. Maybe it would be a better idea to accept the fact that college students are ocasionally going to consume alcohol and make it legal for 19 year olds to drink so that they are not forced to break the law. If they are drinking leagaly it is easier to control and keep an eye on how much they are in fact drinking

  • cathy

    Well it doesnt matter that he was drinking, what does matter is he is no longer here and that is very sad for his family. they need answers and if this college kid knows something he better say something….i am very sad for his family and my prayers are going up from them….

  • Maria

    Really? Yes it does matter he was drinking silly person. He would of never been there and would of avoided this tragedy. The club should face charges an d. in honor of Jack. They should close it down! Have respect.

  • Clare

    This is so unfortunate, I’m so sad for his family. Sounds like a this could be the result of some fraternity initiation drinking activity. What happened to friends? Friends that leave when you leave? I would’ve let my friend leave alone. Regardless, this is so very sad.