Missing Dartmouth College grad student found dead in Connecticut River

Missing Dartmouth College grad student found dead in Connecticut River

A Dartmouth College graduate student, who has been missing for several days, was found dead in the Connecticut River, Lebanon police announced late Monday.There had been an active search for Kexin Cai, 26, who disappeared, last Wednesday.Investigators were able to locate video from two different businesses that showed Cai on her e-bike, heading toward West Lebanon on NH Route 10 at around 6:00 p.m. last Wednesday.A driver spotted what they believed was Cai’s bike in the Boston Lot Conservation Area on Thursday or Friday morning, concentrating the search, investigators wrote, and around 4 p.m. Monday, a fisherman reported a sighting along the Connecticut River in Windsor, Vermont. First responders were able to locate the body, before she was brought to shore around 5:36 p.m., and later identified as Cai. Prior to the discovery of Cai’s body, her partner, Kristian Droste, told WMUR-TV that she was a loving and kind person.”Some of the qualities that continue to deepen my love and commitment to Kexin are her uninhibited laugh, the way she sings to me (often in a language I don’t speak but that she’s teaching me), her loyalty to her family and the ones she loves, and her love for the light that passes through the trees intermingling with shadow,” Droste wrote in a statement to WMUR-TV.>> Download the free WMUR app to get updates on the go: Apple | Google Play <<A friend of Cai said there was a group of about 30 members of the Dartmouth College community searching the woods near the conservation area.Police said they used drones and helicopters, but foliage made the search difficult.

A Dartmouth College graduate student, who has been missing for several days, was found dead in the Connecticut River, Lebanon police announced late Monday.

There had been an active search for Kexin Cai, 26, who disappeared, last Wednesday.

Investigators were able to locate video from two different businesses that showed Cai on her e-bike, heading toward West Lebanon on NH Route 10 at around 6:00 p.m. last Wednesday.

A driver spotted what they believed was Cai’s bike in the Boston Lot Conservation Area on Thursday or Friday morning, concentrating the search, investigators wrote, and around 4 p.m. Monday, a fisherman reported a sighting along the Connecticut River in Windsor, Vermont.

First responders were able to locate the body, before she was brought to shore around 5:36 p.m., and later identified as Cai.

Prior to the discovery of Cai’s body, her partner, Kristian Droste, told WMUR-TV that she was a loving and kind person.

“Some of the qualities that continue to deepen my love and commitment to Kexin are her uninhibited laugh, the way she sings to me (often in a language I don’t speak but that she’s teaching me), her loyalty to her family and the ones she loves, and her love for the light that passes through the trees intermingling with shadow,” Droste wrote in a statement to WMUR-TV.

>> Download the free WMUR app to get updates on the go: Apple | Google Play <<

A friend of Cai said there was a group of about 30 members of the Dartmouth College community searching the woods near the conservation area.

Police said they used drones and helicopters, but foliage made the search difficult.

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