Sunday, January 4, 2015

Not What It Seems

Last Thanksgiving a West Chester University student vanished after a night drinking with friends. This Saturday his body was found in the Schuylkill River, less than half a mile downstream from where he was last seen. The police declared the cause of death as drowning by misadventure, however there is more to this story than a simple drunk and drowned young man.

Over the last years a series of similar incidents have occurred in New York. My friend was one of them. Michael Savoia had gone out with friends. The high-end tailor had left a nightclub without his driver. No one saw him leave.

The next day he was found in the Hudson not far from his houseboat.

There were no sign of foul play other than another man dead in the water no less after a night on the town.

This is about the 5th or 6th case with similar circumstances.

A man disappears after a night on the town.

His body is found in water.

No one saw anything.

The police shut the book on each case without too much investigation. The bare facts help them write the cause of death as misadventure. I pray not more young men are lost before someone asks why no one is connecting the dots between these deaths.

My friend Michael Savoia.

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