The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 30, 2014

Body of SU grad found in Hudson River

HOBOKEN, N.J.—  The body of a 27-year-old Susquehanna University graduate, who was missing for nearly a month, was found Monday night in the Hudson River, but the circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain a mystery.

The family of Andrew Jarzyk, who graduated in 2009 from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa., made the confirmation in a statement on a Facebook page dedicated to finding Jarzyk.

“At this time, we do not have answers into why Andrew’s life ended at such a young age,” the family said. “Please be accepting to the fact we may never have these answers.”

Jarzyk was last seen March 30. Friends said he left a Hoboken club at 1 a.m., and he later was seen by neighbors outside his apartment, wearing running gear, according to published reports.

Surveillance cameras captured him running along the waterfront, but it remains unclear what happened after he jogged out of camera range.

The family post had more than 2,000 likes and was filled with comments from current and former SU students.

“Andrew’s accomplishments were many for a man of only 27 years, but it was his energetic and outgoing nature that I and many others remember most. Facebook posts from Susquehanna alumni and faculty all speak to Andrew’s kindheartedness, infectious personality and warm smile,” SU President L. Jay Lemons said.

“James Brock, former dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business, may have said it best: ‘Andrew had an abundance of positive energy and a kind word for everyone. And he was the kind of student you simply knew would succeed,’” Lemons added.

“Our heartfelt sympathy is with Andrew’s family and friends as we all try to make sense of this unfathomable loss. May we all take solace in the words of his brother, Steve, who posted a deeply moving tribute to the ‘Help Find Andrew Jarzyk’ Facebook page, established after Andrew’s disappearance,” Lemons said.

The brother wrote: “The coming days, weeks, months and even years will be painful. Grieve, but also smile. The beautiful thing about this earth is that the sun will rise again tomorrow. Remember that his memories will shine on us every day when that sun does rise in the morning.”


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