Geneva College student's body found in Beaver River

Police say foul play is not suspected

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The body of missing Geneva College student Devon Minor was found early Thursday morning in Beaver River near Big Rock Park in New Brighton.

Beaver County Coroner Teri Tatalovich-Rossi said the cause of death was drowning. No foul play is suspected, although a toxicology report is still pending.

Mr. Minor, of Clifton Heights outside Philadelphia, was a freshman at Geneva who went missing Jan. 20. He was 18.

Beaver Falls police Chief Charles Jones said during a news conference at the college that New Brighton police found the body at 7:35 a.m. Mr. Minor's college identification card was found in his jacket.

FBI specialists in Quantico, Va., had examined Mr. Minor's computer and cell phone earlier in the investigation, but Chief Jones did not say whether any information had been found.

Although Thursday was the second-to-last day of class at the college, about 50 students attended the news conference. Some were wearing the red rubber bracelets with the phrase, "Pray for Devon," stamped onto them.

"It's a reminder to not forget Devon," said Jasmine Benton, 19. The free bracelets were passed around soon after Mr. Minor's disappearance.

Ms. Benton is friends with Mr. Minor's roommates but wasn't very close with Mr. Minor, describing him as a quiet person.

Freshman Shawn Normil agreed. Mr. Normil, 19, met Mr. Minor at a Black Student Organization meeting but said that Mr. Minor kept to himself most of the time.

Mr. Normil called the news a shock and questioned why it took more than three months for police to find the body.

Beaver Falls police began searching for Mr. Minor after he went missing. They stopped in February, then resumed in late April.

Chief Jones said that the police restricted their search to Beaver Falls jurisdiction.

Rob Rostoni, director of career development at Geneva College, said the school would notify students about Mr. Minor's death via email after the autopsy.

He said he anticipates the school holding a memorial service for Mr. Minor once the fall semester begins in August.


Olivia Garber: ogarber@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1985.


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