Community grieving after missing student recovered from lake on Notre Dame campus

NOW: Community grieving after missing student recovered from lake on Notre Dame campus

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind.—The search for a missing Notre Dame student is over after rescue crews recovered 21-year-old Ann -rose Jerry’s body around 11 a.m. Friday from the Saint Mary’s lake on campus.

Officials say there’s been nothing to suggest that Jerry’s death was suspicious.

In a statement to students, the university said Jerry’s body was recovered after an “extensive search" and that police had pursued multiple leads in an effort to locate her.

Jerry was discovered not far from where she was last seen Tuesday night and less than 24 hours after a state-wide silver alert was issued Thursday for the missing student.  

The discovery has shocked students on Notre Dame’s campus.

“When I found out I was in my room and it was just like shocking. I stopped everything I was doing it was just a lot to take it,” a student said.

Jerry was last seen around 8:45 Tuesday night leaving the Coleman Morse Hall. Many students still have questions after the discovery.

“We’re wondering what’s happened, like theorizing and wondering because where she was last seen is kind of near a road so we were like oh I wonder if she went to the lake or like someone picked her up.”

Jerry was a senior at Notre Dame, and a member of the folk choir. Her friends said she was expected to graduate and this year and had hopes of going to dental school.

Counseling will be available for Notre Dame students and the university is planning to host a mass in Jerry’s memory sometime next week at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

The St. Joseph County Coroner Michael McGann said an external examination revealed no apparent signs of trauma.

An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning in Fort Wayne.

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