Body thought to be GVSU student Santo found in Lansing river

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS/WOOD) — Lansing-area police say they have found a body believed to be that of a Grand Valley State University student who went missing on Michigan State University’s campus months ago.

The body was found around 12:30 p.m. Friday the Red Cedar River in Lansing, around 1.5 miles from where Brendan Santo was last seen. Though the identity of the body has not been confirmed, the body is believed to be that of Santo.

Police say Santo’s family has been made aware of the discovery.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Santo family and all those who knew Brendan. We ask that the public respect the family’s privacy,” a statement from MSU campus police said.

Earlier Friday, more dive crews were lending a hand in the search efforts at the Red Cedar River.

The search for Santo lasted more than 80 days after he vanished while visiting MSU on Oct. 29, 2021. There was a $30,000 reward being offered for information leading to him.

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