Missing University of Alabama student found dead in river

Credit: TNS

Credit: TNS

Remains pulled from Black Warrior River 2 days after student left bar and disappeared

The body of a student who went missing from the University of Alabama over the weekend has been found in a Tuscaloosa river, according to authorities.

Garrett Walker, a 20-year-old from Maryland, was last seen alive at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, leaving a bar on Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, WIAT CBS 42 reported.

The man’s parents reported him missing after his clothes and cellphone turned up later the same day near the Tuscaloosa River Walk just west of Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to the station.

Authorities searched the area for two days, but still found no signs of Walker.

By late Tuesday afternoon, search crews descended on the Black Warrior River, where his body was found submerged.

“We are sad to report that divers found the body of University of Alabama student Garrett Walker around 4 p.m. today,” the Tuscaloosa Police Department wrote on Facebook. “We’re heartbroken for Garrett’s family and friends, as well as everyone in the Tuscaloosa and UA communities who are mourning this tragic loss.”

Authorities have not yet revealed an official cause of death or whether they suspect foul play. There was no immediate indication that Walker was with anyone when he vanished two days earlier.

A family attorney told reporters at a press conference Wednesday that the family was grieving, WIAT reports.

An investigation is continuing.