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Body found in Red River identified as missing student

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Andrew Sadek seemed to vanish after he was last seen on surveillance leaving his dormitory in predawn darkness.

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The search for the 20-year-old student ended Saturday when a body found in the Red River north of Breckenridge was identified as Sadek, missing since May 2.

The search took a twist three days after his disappearance, when drug charges were filed against Sadek, who allegedly sold marijuana to a police informant at the North Dakota State College of Science, where Sadek was a student.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office.

His body, discovered Friday, was identified using dental records by the University of North Dakota Department of Forensic Pathology.

A male answering the phone at the home of Sadek’s parents in Rogers declined to comment on the recovery of the body.

“We’re just clueless ourselves,” Tammy Sadek said of her son’s disappearance days after he went missing, after the revelation that he faced two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge involving drugs. “This whole situation is upsetting.”

Sadek allegedly sold marijuana to the police informant on two occasions in April 2013. A search of his room in November 2013 yielded an orange grinder with marijuana residue, and Sadek admitted the grinder was his, according to court documents.

He was captured on surveillance video leaving Nordgaard Hall on May 1.

A search involving foot patrols and all-terrain vehicles as well as a K-9 search team was mobilized, and walked the river from a mile south of Wahpeton-Breckenridge to a mile north of the cities, but found no trace.

The last activity detected from Sadek’s cellphone was on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, and authorities said there was no activity on his checking account or credit cards shortly after his disappearance.

“It’s quite a mystery,” Harvey Link, NDSCS vice president of academic and student affairs, said days after the disappearance.

“We hope that Andrew’s family finds comfort in the many students, faculty and staff who considered him their friend while he was at the North Dakota State College of Science,” the college said in a statement Saturday. “Andrew will always be a member of the Wildcat family, and together we fondly remember the time we shared with this young man.”

The follow-up investigation is being coordinated through the college, the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Patrick Springer

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