LSU student Michael Nickelotte found dead near Baton Rouge

PUBLISHED Fri, September 29, 2017 - 9:58pm EDT

Louisiana State University student Nicholson Drive, who disappeared earlier this month after he was last seen on campus, is believed to have been found dead off Nicholson Drive near Baton Rouge, officials say.

Police received a call at about 6:25 p.m. on Friday after hunters reported finding what appeared to be human remains in a wooded area off Nicholson Drive, about half a mile from Ben Hur. Deputies and police officers responded to the scene and found the body.

"Right now, evidence indicates that these remains are possibly those of Michael Nickelotte Jr. who was reported missing to LSU PD on the 18th of this month," said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

Hicks said investigators would need to use DNA to make a positive identification and the coroner's office will determine a cause of death. "At this time we have not found any evidence that indicates foul play, thought this is still a very active investigation," she said.

Nickelotte's family was notified about the discovery and was told that investigators believe the remains are his, the sheriff's office said. Other information about the circumstances of Nickelotte's death were not immediately available.

"It is with the deepest of sorrow that we have to inform you all that the remains of Michael Nickelotte, Jr. have been found," the family said in a statement shared on a Facebook page dedicated to the search. "We must now begin the sorrowful process of honoring his short life with us and laying him to his eternal rest."

The family added: "The support all have shown over this difficult time has been heartfelt and inspirational. Please continue to hold us in your prayers so that we may get through this difficult time."

Nickelotte was last seen at his on-campus apartment by his roommate at 1 a.m. on September 18. He is believed to have left on his own.

  Baton Rouge, LA     





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