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« on: April 05, 2009, 08:31:29 PM »

University of St Thomas Freshman Student Dan Zamlen Missing Since April 5, 2009



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18 year old University of St Thomas Freshman, Dan Zamlen, has been missing since 3:00 am on April 5, 2009. He was last heard from at 3am while talking to a friend on his cell phone when the line suddenly went dead. According to reports, it is believed Zamlen was near the Mississippi River near St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul at the time and had been drinking alcohol.

Dan Zamlen Description:

6-foot tall
weighing 175 pounds
He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and jeans.
Zamlen may be in need of medical attention as a Type 1 diabetic
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 04:32:10 PM »

Bloodhound, copter aid search near river for missing St. Thomas student
Updated: 04/06/2009 12:47:18 PM CDT

More than 100 University of St. Thomas students, a bloodhound and a helicopter are part of the search today for missing freshman Daniel Zamlen.

Students are looking in the neighborhood along the Mississippi River in St. Paul where the 18-year-old was last known to be. St. Thomas and St. Paul police have asked searchers to stay off the river's steep bluffs.

"It's really slippery," said Jim Winterer, St. Thomas spokesman. "We don't want to compound the situation."

A bloodhound from the Hennepin County sheriff's office is trying to track Zamlen and started at a duplex where the teen had attended a party before he disappeared, said St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Schnell.

A Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, which was part of the search Sunday, has been in the air again today, Schnell said.

St. Thomas is organizing students, faculty and staff in searches, and students are being encouraged to not skip classes, Winterer said. They're "looking anywhere they can think to look," he said.

Zamlen was last heard from early Sunday. He had been on the phone with a friend when he said, "Oh, my God. Where are you? Help." And then the phone went dead.

There was an exhaustive search by police, students, neighbors and family of the area around St. Clair Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard Zamlen's last known whereabouts on Sunday.

The Ramsey County sheriff's office water patrol was at the river Sunday, but didn't go on the water, said Holli Drinkwine, sheriff's office spokeswoman.
"The water is so high and the current is so fast right now, it is extremely dangerous to put people out on the river," she said today.

But if St. Paul Police pinpoint a spot for the water patrol to search or ask for their help, they'll be ready to go, Drinkwine said.

On Sunday, there were worries that Zamlen, a type-1 diabetic, was somewhere in a coma. He wears an insulin pump that, though automatic, requires adjustments depending on what he's doing.

"Everyone is just very much on edge and concerned and full of questions," Winterer said. "I think students are happy to help. There is a sense of questions and no answers. We're hoping and praying that we'll hear some news soon."

A spot has been set up at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on campus where people are invited to pray for Zamlen, Winterer said.

A "relief room," staffed with counselors and clergy, has also been established on campus for Zamlen's family, friends and people involved in the search, Winterer said.

Zamlen's 17-year-old sister, Andrea Zamlen, asked Sunday, "Where is he?" She began to cry before being comforted by her father at the search site.

"I don't believe he's down here by the river

we walked it enough unless he's in some nook and cranny," said his father, Dale Zamlen. "I hope he's in the community somewhere."
Zamlen is described as 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, with blue eyes and blond hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue jacket.

Early Sunday, Zamlen had been drinking at a party in the 2100 block of St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul when he became upset and left. Friends Anna Chappuis and Sarah Nelson the last people to talk to Zamlen wouldn't say what had upset him.

"We didn't even know he was gone," said Nelson, 18, who learned Zamlen was near the river when he called her at about 2:20 a.m. looking for a ride and giving his location.

Chappuis, 20, was on the phone with Zamlen and on her way to pick him up when she said she heard him say those last words just before his phone cut out. Earlier, Zamlen had told Chappuis he saw headlights, and she told him to follow them.

About 2:30 a.m., when Chappuis and Nelson failed to find Zamlen, they called police. Officers searched the area and found footprints in the snow heading north along the boulevard.

"We kind of figured he walked away or someone came and picked him up," said St. Paul police spokesman Peter Panos of the initial search.

But after no one heard from Zamlen through the morning, concerns about his health began to build, and a more extensive search began that included a helicopter with heat-detecting technology.

Dale Zamlen, an electrician, said a school official called him about 8:30 a.m. Sunday with the news that his son was missing.

"We were up having coffee and looking to start our day," he said. The family immediately drove from their home in Eveleth, in northern Minnesota.

"I was down here as quick as I could from my house, and when we got here, we talked to the kids, and they were in tears, and I told them: 'You did the best that you could,' " Dale Zamlen said.

His son typically would contact him two or three times a day by phone or text message, Zamlen said. Daniel Zamlen knows he shouldn't have been drinking alcohol, his father said.

"We were unaware these types of things were going on," his father said. "When he was in high school, he did everything sport of the season, Eagle Scout. He's a good role model. He's a way-above average student."

Zamlen graduated last year from Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.

More than 100 students helped with the search Sunday, Winterer said. St. Thomas freshmen Samantha Dooner, 19, and Hillary Jameson, 18, were taping missing-person fliers on poles along the boulevard Sunday afternoon. They met Zamlen this past fall.

"He'd be the last person to walk off," said Dooner, adding that Zamlen has a great sense of humor and goes out of his way to greet everyone. "You wouldn't expect this out of him."

Zamlen's mother, Sally Zamlen, asked neighbors to comb the area to look for her son.

"Look in every corner of your yard that you normally don't go to," she told them. "I'm sure he's probably in a coma right now because he's a diabetic."

Jim McGowan, 50, heard about the search and had been looking for four hours along the bluffs, which police are advising against for safety reasons.

McGowan, of St. Paul, has a 22-year-old son with type-1 diabetes.

"This feels really personal," McGowan said. "My son just went through four years of college, and this was our nightmare obviously, every parent's nightmare."

St. Thomas used its emergency-notification system about noon Sunday to, for the first time in its history, text-message students, faculty and staff about Zamlen's disappearance. E-mail also was sent.

The university is asking anyone with any information about Zamlen's whereabouts to call its public safety department's emergency line at 651-962-5555.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 04:33:06 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 09:13:09 PM »

"Look in every corner of your yard that you normally don't go to," she told them. "I'm sure he's probably in a coma right now because he's a diabetic."


OMG

This happened to a friend of mine who decided to go along for a 3 week ride with us while we raced cars in Mexico one year.. We pushed it the last day and he was drinking some beers..We did not stop to eat anything.. It was about 9 p.m. and we were at closing ceremonies.
I had no idea, he just dropped like a rock and went into convulsing.. One of my friends said he was in a diabetic seizure.. He needed orange juice or chocolate bars.. I ran like hell down the street to find any store open and came back with both..
Thank God he lives today...
Drinking and not eating will kill them..

This boy is probably laying in the grass as feared..
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"Look in every corner of your yard that you normally don't go to," she told them. "I'm sure he's probably in a coma right now because he's a diabetic."
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I had no idea, he just dropped like a rock and went into convulsing.. One of my friends said he was in a diabetic seizure.. He needed orange juice or chocolate bars.. I ran like hell down the street to find any store open and came back with both..Thank God he lives today... Drinking and not eating will kill them..

This boy is probably laying in the grass as feared..

At this point it is unlikely that he is laying in the grass as I would think that if this were so, a K9 would have found him, or of course, one of the many wonderful searchers.  A reality is that he probably went into the water.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2009, 11:30:24 AM »

Somehow this here with Dan being missing is quite reminiscent of another case where a college campus, drinking and 'water' came into play ... the Nick Garza case.
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« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2009, 11:34:26 AM »

Thank goodness that the crazed 'smiley-face-killer' people aren't jumping on this one too! 
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 11:49:29 PM »

If the police department is all done with their 'active' searching, then it is time for the family to step up and to bring in some professional help of their own.  They need definitive answers in finding out if their son accidentally went into the water; if he was picked up by someone, etc.  They need to be able to direct their focus on a specific direction.  By getting in professional organization who does this work, they won't be undermining the police department.  A reputable organization will work WITH the police department with what they do.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 03:47:18 PM »

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
 
April 12, 2009 Sunday 
 
Church prays for missing teen
 
On Easters past, Dan Zamlen loved to serve during Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church.

But on Sunday, church members gathered to say prayers for Zamlen, who has been missing for more than a week. The St. Thomas freshman was walking near the Mississippi River bluffs in St. Paul when he vanished in the early morning hours of April 5.

Since then, family and friends from the Iron Range have helped search for the 19-year-old who used to carry incense at the Easter vigil and teach religion classes.

Community members gathered Friday night to pray for Zamlen's safe return and have not given up on finding him. The Rev. Charles Flynn said Zamlen's mother told him the search is "not anywhere near over."
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2009, 03:50:42 PM »

Dan Zamlen Is Out There
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A busload of volunteer searchers from the Iron Range unloaded in St. Paul Monday morning as the search for missing University of St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen moves into a second week.

Five more buses of searchers are expected to arrive in St. Paul over the next three days.

"Dan Zamlen is out there somewhere," said Alex Rozier, searcher and high school friend of Zamlen. "We're going to find him. There's no test, no class that's more important than finding my friend."

Rozier couldn't spend one more day sitting in Missouri, so he flew to Minnesota on Monday, and has come to the conclusion Dan Zamlen is alive and not in the Mississippi River.

Zamlen's 19th birthday was Wednesday. Family members in Eveleth, Minn. had planned on celebrating his birthday at home over the Easter weekend,
Police have scaled back their active search for Zamlen, saying they've reached a point where they've looked everywhere they can.

Around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, Dan Zamlen left a house party on the 2100 block of St. Clair Ave., near the St. Thomas campus.

Family members said Zamlen had been drinking alcohol and is a type-one diabetic. He apparently left the party upset.

Sarah Nelson and Anna Chapuis, two of Zamlen's friends, were the last to talk to him, around 3 a.m. Sunday.

"Dan called me and said he was walking toward the river and I said, whoa, I'm coming to pick you up," Nelson, said.

The last words heard on that phone call were, "Oh my god, oh my god, I'm slipping." At that point, the phone cut out and the friends called police.

Aaron Mielke is a geographical information specialist. He took satellite photo from work to scour the riverbanks, then hooked up with searchers through one of several Facebook groups dedicated to finding Dan Zamlen.

If Zamlen didn't stop, searchers believe they would have found blood or torn clothes or any clue, but they've found nothing. It's this reason the search just gets bigger.


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Reward offered in missing Tommie case
Associated Press - April 14, 2009 2:44 AM ET

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) - A $5,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the return of a missing University of St. Thomas student.

Freshman Dan Zamlen of Eveleth has been missing since early April 5 in St. Paul. He was walking along the Mississippi River bluffs after leaving a party when he disappeared.

Donations are being accepted at any Wells Fargo Bank branch for the Dan Zamlen Fund, or may be mailed to the Wells Fargo Bank in Eveleth. Donations can also be made online to finddan.org.

Search organizers say costs include printing fliers, feeding volunteers and supporting Zamlen's family.

On the Net:

http://www.finddan.org

Information from: Mesabi Daily News, http://www.virginiamn.com
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April 17, 2009

Reward for missing St. Thomas student goes to $10K

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) The reward for information on a University of St. Thomas man from Eveleth who went missing more than 10 days ago has been doubled to $10,000.

The university announced the increased reward for 19-year-old Dan Zamlen on Thursday.
Zamlen has been missing since early April 5. He was last known to be walking along the Mississippi River bluffs after leaving a party.

More than 1,000 volunteers have helped search the area in cooperation with the Zamlen family, the St. Paul Police Department and the university.

On Thursday, volunteers searched parks along the river and throughout the area.

Zamlen is 6-foot-1 and weighs 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue and black fleece jacket, blue jeans and brown Dr. Marten shoes. http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2009/04/17/mn/14minn.txt
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2009, 03:30:33 PM »

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
 
April 16, 2009 Thursday
 
`FIRST TWO HOURS ARE CRITICAL';
The mother of a missing college student told legislators that state law needs refining on when the search for a missing person should start.
 
Ten days after her college-age son went missing in St. Paul, Sally Zamlen said police moved too slowly in their search for a young adult in danger.

She refuses to accept, she said, that as a 19-year-old, her son Dan Zamlen, a freshman at the University of St. Thomas, had the right to go missing -- had a right to be alone.

No, she said, searchers should have been out in force that very first morning. And to that end, the Eveleth, Minn., woman found herself before a state House panel Wednesday, speaking in support of a bill that she hopes will force quicker, more intensive searches for missing adults.

Not that she was letting go of the task at hand. Of the ongoing search for her son, she told legislators, "We are seriously, seriously running out of time."

The bill, dubbed "Brandon's Law," would expand the state's missing children's law to include adults who are missing and endangered. Authorities would take missing persons reports "without delay," and conduct preliminary investigations to see if fears appear founded. If so, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension then would be consulted because of "the fact that the first two hours are critical," according to the bill now headed to the House floor.

Zamlen said she believes the bill would have forced a nearly immediate, full-out search for her son, who has Type I diabetes and reportedly said by cell phone to a friend, "Oh, my gosh, Anna, where are you? Help!" while he was walking on St. Clair Avenue near Mississippi River Boulevard early on April 5.

Bloodhounds and police would have combed the bluffs that day, Zamlen said.

Not a perfect solution

But the bill's chief author, Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, said the proposal would not go so far as to dictate when authorities would "begin scaling walls" in efforts to turn up missing adults. Investigators still would have discretion to search when and how they see fit, he said. Of the Zamlens and others, Seifert said, "I can't give them false promises."

Jim Franklin, executive director of the Minnesota Sheriff's Association, said that the law does guarantee, however, that the state's 87 sheriff's offices and 320 police departments take a uniform approach to determining whether an adult is missing and endangered, which he sees as a positive step.

"Previously, different agencies might be responding to different situations differently," he said.

Zamlen's frustrations were shared Wednesday by Annette Swanson, whose son, Brandon Swanson, 19, has been missing since last May, when his car went into a ditch along the Lincoln and Lyon county line near Tauton, Minn. He was on his cell phone with his father, she said, and then he was "just gone, vanished."

"I was told, `You know m'am, he's an adult, he has a right to be missing,' " Swanson said in a telephone interview. "But don't tell me that without finding out the circumstances first."

She is glad, she said, that the bill now named after her son at least forces that preliminary step.

St. Paul response

Looking back over the past 10 days, Dale Zamlen, who is Dan Zamlen's father, took a more charitable view of police efforts than did his wife: "Law enforcement did as well as they could," he told the House panel. "Their hands are tied."

Sally Zamlen said police should have been more aggressive in seeking her son's cell-phone records. In addition, she said, police had an officer stationed at the river bluffs April 5, warning people away from the slippery terrain, rather than launching an intensive search there themselves.

St. Paul police spokesman Peter Panos said Wednesday that officers who responded to the initial call about 3 a.m. had immediately searched for signs of foul play near the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard. Canine officers also had searched on the bluffs hours before fire personnel were summoned for a more thorough search that began about 4:30 p.m., he added.

A general rule for missing-adult cases, he said, is that investigations are handled at the district level for 24 hours before the handoff to the missing persons unit. In the Zamlen case, he said, Western District officers worked with the student's friends that first day, trying to glean where he may have gone.

As for the cell-phone records, Panos said that judges require that certain criteria be met before they sign off on a search warrant.

One must consider, too, the reaction of someone whose records have been searched -- someone who decided to just disappear for a day.

"Isn't my cell phone private?" Panos said that person might say. "As an adult, don't you have a right to privacy?"
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2009, 06:34:56 PM »

Missing Persons Bill Will Require Quicker Response Time

April 20, 2009 at 11:05pm

The Minnesota House has unanimously approved legislation that would require a quicker response when young adults go missing.It's backed by families of missing young adults including Dan Zamlen of Eveleth, a St. Thomas student who disappeared earlier this month.The changes would require a more aggressive law enforcement response for missing adults up to age 21 and for older adults who disappear under suspicious or dangerous circumstances.

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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2009, 06:35:46 PM »

Editorial: 'Brandon's Law' merits support

Bill would speed investigations of missing, endangered adults.
Last update: April 26, 2009 - 7:38 AM

Few parents have escaped at least one of these terror-filled moments. You turn around at a store, a park or out in the yard, and suddenly there's no trace of the child who was there just seconds before. The situation's almost always resolved in seconds or minutes, but the stomach-churning, mind-numbing fear is unforgettable.

The feeling is just as strong if that missing son or daughter happens to be college-aged. Almost a year after her 19-year-old son Brandon disappeared in southwest Minnesota, Annette Swanson's voice trembles as she describes the panicked chaos after his last cell phone call home ended at 3:10 a.m. May 14. He'd driven into a ditch. The connection died. Three hours later, after finding no trace of him, the couple called law enforcement, only to find that officials did not share their sense of urgency. "They took our call and started to take down basic information. As soon as they got his age ... they literally told me he has the right to be missing,'' said Swanson. "I knew it was wrong. I know Brandon. I'm his mother and I knew something was horribly wrong.''

The Legislature is poised to take a timely, much-needed step to help families like the Swansons get the rapid response they need from law enforcement. The measure, championed by Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, would ensure missing adults in situations like Brandon's are handled with the comparable speed and resources provided by law enforcement in potential child abductions.

Fittingly known as "Brandon's Law,'' the bill would require law enforcement to take a missing person report right away and accelerate the response if the person is considered "endangered." That includes situations in which the missing person needs medical attention or when the disappearance clearly wasn't voluntary or occurred in dangerous circumstances.
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« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2009, 04:57:22 PM »

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - A man's body was recovered from the Mississippi River in St. Paul early Friday afternoon, after workers at the Ford assembly plant spotted it and called police.

Police identified the body, which Ford plant workers said was an adult, white male. The workers spotted the body around 11 a.m. Friday, as it was caught in a grate that catches debris near the Ford plant.

St. Paul police spokesman Pete Panos said identification was found on the body, but that information, and other details, will be held until at least 6 p.m. Friday.

The Ford assembly plant site is near the area where University of St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen was reported missing in the early morning hours of Sunday, April 5.http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/Body_Mississippi_River_Ford_Plant_May_1_2009
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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2009, 05:13:13 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2009, 06:47:49 PM »

REPORT: Body pulled from river is missing St. Thomas student
The body of missing St. Thomas student Dan Zamlen has reportedly been found in the Mississippi River according to a family friend, says the Duluth News Tribune.

St. Paul Police tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that workers at the Ford Assembly Plant found the body of a white male shortly before noon.

The department says they will be releasing more details after an autopsy around 6 p.m.

The plant is near the location of where St. Thomas freshman Dan Zamlen, 19, was reported missing from on April 5.

Police say Zamlen went to a party that night on St. Clair Avenue. His sister had told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he had left on his own.

She believed something had made him angry and he wanted to cool off.

He then called a friend to say he was walking along the Mississippi River when the conversation ended abruptly, according to police. The last thing his friend said she heard was, "Help, oh my God."

Since his disappearance, hundreds of Zamlen's family and friends have made numerous attempts to locate him in organized searches.

In the time Zamlen had been missing, his 19th birthday came and went, with his parents holding a prayer vigil in his honor.

Friends from Zamlen's hometown of Eveleth say they had planned to travel to the Twin Cities in order to search this weekend in St. Paul.

On April 20, the Minnesota House unanimously approved legislation that would require a quicker response when young adults go missing in part due to Zamlen's case.

The changes would require a more aggressive law enforcement response for missing adults up to age 21 and for older adults who disappear under suspicious or dangerous circumstances.

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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2009, 02:47:28 PM »

The University of St. Thomas student whose body was found in the Mississippi River last month accidentally drowned, according to autopsy results released today.
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St. Thomas student's death ruled accidental
June 3, 2009
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) The Ramsey County medical examiner's office has ruled the death of University of St. Thomas freshman Dan Zamlen an accidental drowning.
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St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
February 8, 2010 Monday 
 
St. Paul police close file in death of St. Thomas student Daniel Zamlen
 
St. Paul police have closed their investigation into the disappearance and death of Daniel Zamlen.

No one is being charged with providing alcohol to the University of St. Thomas freshman, police said.

Police reports, now public because the case is closed, show Zamlen had been drinking before he went to a house party and brought alcohol with him. Zamlen, who was four days shy of his 19th birthday when he disappeared April 5, drank from a keg of beer at the party, according to police reports.

"Some of those issues begin to create prosecution challenges in terms of criminal consequences, given the fact that there was alcohol both possessed and consumed by him even prior to going to the party," said Sgt. Paul Schnell, St. Paul police spokesman.

Autopsy results released in June showed Zamlen, of Eveleth, accidentally drowned. Police say foul play is not suspected.

Sally Zamlen, Daniel's mother, said Monday that she believes her son was abducted. She said she has her suspicions about why and by whom but declined to discuss them.

"I think the police totally missed the boat," she said. "I think they overlooked a lot of information, things I spent 10 months pointing out to them. By no means is my investigation closed."

Police could reopen their case if there are new developments that "would require further investigative inquiry," Schnell said.

"I certainly don't want to take anything away from the fact that the family suffered a considerable loss and invested heavily from the beginning in trying to find Dan and trying to find answers in how he came to wind up in the Mississippi River," Schnell said. "During the course of what was done in the investigation, there were never any signs or indications of foul play."

Early April 5, after Zamlen left the party in the 2100 block of St. Clair Avenue, he spoke with friends by cell phone and told them he was walking near the river at Mississippi River Boulevard and St. Clair, according to police reports.

Two friends, fellow St. Thomas students who spoke with Zamlen by phone, said he talked about not wanting to live anymore, the reports said. One friend described him as "extremely intoxicated," a report said. Asked Monday whether her son was suicidal, Sally Zamlen said: "I take great offense to that. There's no proof."

One of Zamlen's friends told police he had disconnected a call and wasn't answering his phone anymore.

Police found a pair of footprints in fresh snow "leading down to the river from the street" and ending "approximately 10 feet into the trail," a police report said.

Zamlen had type 1 diabetes, and drinking alcohol with that condition is "a bad combination," his father said in the days after he disappeared.

Hundreds of students and volunteers from northern Minnesota's Iron Range searched for Zamlen before his body was found in the Mississippi River, near the Ford Dam, on May 1.

The case file on Zamlen's death and disappearance -- about 400 pages -- details the search for the teen. Many tips flowed in from the public, including from people who thought they had seen him; Schnell said the number was not unusual for a highly publicized case.

When Zamlen's autopsy results were released in June, police said the investigation into his death and disappearance were closed, but the secondary investigation into who provided him alcohol was under way.

Zamlen's parents had a private autopsy completed and sent the results to police at the end of December, a police report said.

Because of the new information, police asked the Ramsey County medical examiner's office to look at the case again, Schnell said.

The private autopsy said Zamlen "has no injuries to suggest a fall down a rocky or brush-filled slope."

The privately hired pathologist concluded, "It is likely he drowned, but I feel the manner of death cannot be determined and requires more police investigation and/or access to police records."

On Jan. 29, police received a letter from the Ramsey County medical examiner, saying that based on the department's investigation and the results of the original autopsy, "I believe this case has been properly investigated." Police closed the case late last week, Schnell said.

Brandon Ferdig contributed to this report. Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at 651-228-5262. 
 
Sally Zamlen, center, got a hug from a supporter in April, while the search for her son was active. Zamlen said Monday that she believes her son was abducted.
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